i trust women…
February 21, 2012
I tossed and turned the last few nights, even during a short get-a-way to the beach this weekend. My heart troubled by all that is going on in my state regarding women’s health and rights. You can read the details of the story here.
I knew kindness was calling me but I wasn’t sure where or how. I called my dear friend Jen to see if there was some way we could honor all women in the midst of all that is happening. I ran an idea by her but it just didn’t stick, so I went to my Facebook page to check-in and found this from another dear friend Valerie:
One thing that really angers me about this whole thing is that it makes me feel like some think I am not smart or thoughtful or trustworthy enough to make the best decisions for me and my family. So angry that I’m sort of paralyzed by it. I’m sure other women feel the same way…but I have no idea what to do about it.
And in that moment Valerie expressed so much, a very basic desire for trust, the kind that we all deserve as human beings, for simply no other reason than that we exist. Jen texted just minutes later and had an idea, and this one stuck.
It is our great hope that we as a community, state and country trust all women to make the right decisions for their lives and families whatever that may be, and we trust women to ask for help if they need it.
We would like to invite you to join us in trusting women as human beings, because it is our right. Here are some ways we can come together for each other, for ourselves and for our future:
1. Like our I TRUST WOMEN Facebook page. Upload a picture of you holding a sign “I trust women.” or “I trust myself” on the Facebook page. These pictures will be printed and sent to the delegates responsible for the Virginia bill #484.
2. Share your stories of trust in the comments. Women you have trusted, or times you needed people to trust you, or moments when you had to really trust yourself.
3. Donate to the TRUST fund (and we instantly all become trust fund babies. :)).
Please donate $4.84 in protest of the Virginia bill #484 to the organizations listed below. Bill #484 requires all women to have an unnecessary medical procedure of a transvaginal ultrasound and view the screen before they have an abortion.
Planned Parenthood (they may require a minimum $5 payment)
or another local organization helping women near you.
Tell us in the comments or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you donated (we will keep your name and amount anonymous if desired) so we can tally the TRUST fund. We decided to have you donate directly to the organizations to avoid paying the processing fees that would have been required had we collected the funds ourselves. (and because we are tired mothers)
Thank you for being part of this with us…and for standing together for women, for all of us.
jen & patience