Charlotte Carroll is one of our Micah Corps interns this summer. She is attending the University of Omaha (UNO), majoring in Public Health and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Explaining why she joined the Micah Corps, she says, “I wanted to join Micah Corps to challenge myself in my faith journey and my advocacy work. I wanted to see how faith and social justice work are interconnected.”
We were in Washington D.C. the day Roe v. Wade was overturned. We were walking to the African American History Museum and there was a large group of people in front of the Supreme Court. We were staying with some of them at the hostel and an older lady asked Odyssey, a fellow intern, and me to stand out there with them. I knew we had to go to the museum, but I also knew it would be hard to focus on anything when we knew this decision was being made. So, we kept walking, and we had made some progress through the museum. We made it to the sports section and were looking at Jackie Robinson’s jersey when my phone started blowing up with the news that they decided to overturn Roe v. Wade. I felt my stomach drop, I talked to my mom, wishing I could be with her, I saw young girls walking in the museum and I felt the tears coming out. Everything politically that I thought would never happen keeps on happening. This decision is going to kill so many people who have wombs. I hate that we even have to mention people who have been assaulted or abused, because it should not even have to come to those stories, it should just be a personal decision that someone makes for themselves. I have my own reproductive health issues so it can be hard to feel these decisions so personally, but I know that this decision is hurting people of color and people in the lower socio-economic classes. Middle to upper class people will be able to afford to travel to access the care they need, but that will not be the case for most people.
After the African American Museum, we went to the Museum of the Palestinian People and then we were able to walk past the Supreme Court. We overheard AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) talking which brought tears to my eyes. She was sharing how to take abortion pills at home and how to access them, there was so much love and passion in the crowd, and so much sadness, but it was full. I wish people did not have to be out there protesting, but we do have to be. Our access to health care is being torn apart and it is horrifying. Everyday there were people in front of the Supreme Court, there were pro-lifers out there celebrating, which was hard to see, knowing that this decision is going to kill so many people. On our last night in Washington D.C., a few of us went to look at posters and just reflect on the week in front of the Supreme Court. People had been there all day long sharing information and sharing their thoughts. I will never forget this time in Washington D.C. while such a decision was made about our bodies. Likewise, I will never forget all the feelings from this trip. I want to urge anyone reading this to donate to local abortion funds (not to politicians or any political parties) and to get involved with this movement. Here is a resource to fund abortions and reproductive health care in Nebraska with more information: https://www.neabortionresources.org/ and NARAL provides information and resources for all states: https://www.prochoiceamerica.org/
To read what our United Methodist Social Principles say, go to: https://www.umcjustice.org/who-we-are/social-principles-and-resolutions/the-nurturing-community161/the-nurturing-community-abortion-161-k