Samhita Mukhopadhyay on Abortion

Today I did an ig live with Samhita on abortion!

You can find the conversation here on my instagram feed, or under the “lunch with amb” IGTV series.

This is the list of links Samhita wanted to share related to our conversation:

Convo with @ReneebraceySherman on @themeteor about what to do and what’s next: https://wearethemeteor.com/people-are-trying-to-get-abortions-today/

Jia Tolentino on the criminalization of pregnancy: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/07/04/we-are-not-going-back-to-the-time-before-roe-we-are-going-somewhere-worse

Jessica Valenti: on pro-life women , “your complicity will not protect you,” https://jessica.substack.com/p/your-complicity-will-not-protect

Groups to support:
We Testify: https://www.wetestify.org/
National Network of Abortion funds: https://abortionfunds.org/
#VoteProChoice: https://www.voteprochoice.us/

love love love

i believe we are living on the precipice of the next phase of our species. and i’m with such good people, people who cry hard and laugh harder. and do one to move through the other, rolling across the full emotional span in epic waves. we feel what’s gaping and yawning underneath both of those releases, that scale of lovegrief that can’t be captured in any words i know…we let it be in our eyes, at our core.

the more i learn/remember how to feel, the more in love i fall with the particular aliveness that only sparks between us. that met longing felt when the interior world unfolding in me comes to a border and longs to be porous, expansive, vast, one, multitudes. this opening, these moments, this work, this makes a viable future possible.

today i remembered a song i was taught over a decade ago:

“oh i say thank you
oh i say thank you
oh great spirits
in this way
i long to give my life to you
in love and devotion
in love and devotion”
(this was taught to me as a gwitch’in song from haida gwaii)

even now, especially now, with a mask over my mouth and a storm at my back, i am learning what i must realize in myself, what i must defend and protect, what i must cultivate in the face of fear and death and supremacy: love, love, love.