Let's Listen To Women

Let's Listen To Women

In part one of a new series of personal research, I dive into the recent conflict between Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.


Recently selected Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been the center of attention in the news lately. After the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, it is no wonder why. For those of you who pretend to be living under a rock, Ford told the story of her sexual assault. At only 15, a young Kavanaugh forced himself upon her during one of many summer parties. The only thing that prevented the assault from turning into a rape was the fact that Ford still had her one piece swimsuit on. If she hadn't gone swimming that afternoon, this would be a rape story.

I believe Ford, in case you have yet to realize that. Since the rise of this terrible event, I have seen post after post on social media talking about different incidents in which an accuser had been lying or how men can get raped too. The thing is, I don't see how the Ford case erases that. I do, however, see how these specific posts dismisses Ford and any other woman's sexual assault story. The moment you say "well so-and-so lied this one time," the moment you mention someone else, you are erasing someone's truth. You are erasing someone's own voice that is already so quiet and timid, someone who was too scared to even speak up for 30 years. But why did she wait so long? She was scared. She was scared for the same reason I decided to write about this: someone, somewhere, refuses to believe her.

I don't understand how people cannot believe her. She isn't gaining anything from this, besides publicity. Even then, why would she create such a story. She isn't trying to sue Kavanaugh. She isn't trying to force him out of the political world. Ford's soul purpose was to speak about her story, to talk about the young man Kavanaugh had been in his youth. The idea behind this is to help the people understand what kind of man Kavanaugh is. Is someone accused of sexual assault fit for a job that deals with the highest of court orders in our country? This question made me think of another argument that has nothing to do with this ordeal:

Let's look at our current Supreme Court Judges. There are eight seats for our country including the Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. Chief Roberts was appointed in 2005 by President George W. Bush and is a white 62 year old male. Then we have Clarence Thomas, a 61 year old black man nominated by Bush in 1991. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, white female, nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Stephen G. Breyer, 78, white male, nominated by Clinton the following year. Samuel Anthony Alito Jr., Kavanugh's predecessor, 67, white male, nominated by Bush in 2005. Sonia Sotomayer, 62, white female, nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009. Elena Kagan, 57, white female, nominated by Obama in 2009. Neil Gorsuch, 49, white male, nominated by our current President, Donald Trump in early 2018.

One of the things I find strange about our country is the fact that we are being led into the future by people who grew up in the past. No offense to the older generations, but how can we as a country move forward when the ones running it have to ask their grandchild to update their smart phone? To lead a court system to represent all of a America, we need to represent all of America. As I research the topic more into depth, I have come to the conclusion that the Supreme Court sees some of the most simplistic court cases, yet our country is responding to the appointment of Kavanaugh as a big event. Looking through the recent 2017-2018 court cases, I found nothing that affects the public outwardly. If the Supreme Court deals with such little events, then it wouldn't be the worst thing to find someone with a better qualification. Someone who hasn't been accused of a sexual assault. Someone young. Someone new. Someone who isn't black or white. Someone who didn't attend an Ivy League or some prestigious entitled higher education. There's so many equally qualified men, women, or non gender conforming citizens in our society who have the same skills as any of these members and have not even been accused of an assault.

Believing Ford is just the tip of an iceberg of a long series of questions that appear when looking at our country. When the Senate voted whether or not to accept Kavanaugh as the newest member of the Supreme Court Justices, 50 out of the 100 Senators voted in his favor leaving 48 opposing Senators. The democracy of this is, of course, fair when skimming the surface. However, if you have passed basic U.S. Government in high school, you would know that the Senate is supposed to represent the people who elected them. According to recent surveys conducted by CNBC, about 48% believe Ford and only 41% support Kavanaugh. If the Senate is to represent the people who elected them, shouldn't the votes be different?

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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.


Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice — no one else.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Abortion Ban In Several States

DISCLAIMER: the following does not include any of my personal beliefs/opinions.


Abortion has and will always be a controversial and very sensitive topic for all genders. The following article delves into the details about the Alabama abortion ban that was signed to be a law which, if it passes, will be in effect January 2020 and briefly touches on the Georgia Heartbeat Bill.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

In 1973, Roe v. Wade 410 was passed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court. In short, this ruled that the Due Process Clause along with the 14th Amendment in the Constitution would work to give pregnant women the choice to choose whether or not they wanted an abortion AND should coincide with the government's personal agenda to protect the health of all who is involved. What I mean by this is that the Supreme Court decided during the second trimester of a pregnancy, abortions would be allowed. But, if it is the third trimester, abortion is to be prohibited unless the health of the mother is in danger. This law catapulted the abortion debate which is still going on today.

Abortion vs. Alabama

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed off on a bill that will basically ban all abortions, including rape, incest, any abnormality, and if the mother's life is in danger on May 14, 2019 after acquiring approval from 25 Senators . This could be a problem considering that it very much contradicts Roe v. Wade (1973). To Ivey, the bill is a reflection of the values in which the citizens of Alabama believe: all life is precious and a gift from God.

Governor of the State of Alabama, Kay Ivey (pictured above). home.bt.com

The governor of Georgia also signed a bill to ban abortion after detecting the slightest heartbeat which is approximately around the six-week pregnancy period (around the time most women discover that they are pregnant). Another important take on this is that despite the rift and debate that is going on between Democrats and Republicans, most Republicans believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. This is looking more like a possibility considering most of the Supreme Court consists of people who support the Republican party. In short, the main idea is to ban abortion in all of the United States, not just in some states like it is currently. In regards to Alabama, the bill still has not been enacted into a law and could possibly encounter delay in the Supreme Court because, after all, this is a very debated topic. For now, abortion is still legal until January 2020 or when it becomes a law.

Conditions of the Abortion Law

The conditions of the abortion law explicitly states that abortion during any stage of a pregnancy is prohibited and if any medical professional aids in the practice/procedure of an abortion, they will face up to 99 years in prison. If an attempt is made to perform an abortion procedure, an individual can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Women who successfully get an abortion or attempt to will be prosecuted as well. However, only those who provide another with an abortion will be punished in Alabama, not the one receiving the service.

No form of abortion is allowed including: rape, incest, life-threatening abnormality, or putting the life of the mother in danger.

Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill www.youtube.com

Two Sides to the Debate

Although most Republicans support the law, the Democratic party has combatted the notion of it. Many opponents of the ban state that the restriction can put the lives of many in danger and affects women of color and those who are living in poverty heavily. ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also declared that they will sue. Many young people have also reached out to social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram to voice their opinions:

Tweets from individuals who are anti-abortion ban www.wnd.com

Many celebrities have also stated their opinions on the matter. Rihanna stated in one of her Instagram posts, "Take a look," referring to a picture of 25 Senators in Alabama who approved the abortion bill, "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!"

Although both sides clearly have their opinions on the debate of pro-life/pro-choice, one thing we all can agree on is that this will be a long process that can make or break the lives of a lot of people in our nation.

Until next time,


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