Updated: Oct 26
No Peace for Jane Roe - artivism New Suffragettes
Who was Jane "Roe"? She is many and no one at all. Jane Roe is a pseudonym for women seeking an abortion. She stands for ALL the women who have in the past died from lack of access to reproductive healthcare. For all the women who will die due to maternal mortality because lawmakers have forced Doctors to deny their oath to save lives by threatening their livelihood with jail time. She is the girl/woman who was raped and can't bear to raise a rapist's child. She is the child who was raped by a close relative or family friend. She is the woman who despite taking precautions (using birth control) finds herself pregnant when she is at high risk and only has a 1-3 chance of survival if pregnant. She is a woman who is repeatedly abused by her spouse or partner. She is the woman who has been threatened with her life due to pregnancy. She is the woman who is the breadwinner for her children and lives paycheck to paycheck. She is a woman who is earning her degree in pursuit of a career in which she can be self-sufficient. She represents you, your sisters, cousins, girlfriends, and your wife.
There are not enough social nets in place to support women and children. They are in danger because of this decision.
Abortion is a medical term. The word Abortion is being stigmatized. The definition of Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy either by natural causes, medical assistance when necessary or by choice.
1-3 pregnancies result in miscarriage, and 50-60% of those need an abortion to avoid infection, and in order to save their lives.
26% of women under 40 experience a miscarriage
For each pregnancy after miscarriage the percentage of loss increases
74% of women over 40 experience a miscarriage
1 in every 50 pregnancies is ectopic - an ectopic pregnancy is not viable and is never viable
93.1% of abortions occur during the first trimester of pregnancy according to data available from before the Dobbs decision. Data includes medically necessary assisted abortions. of abortions occur during the first trimester of pregnancy according to data available from before the Dobbs decision. Data includes medically necessary assisted abortions.
Forced Birth is barbaric
26.4% of College-Aged Women experience rape
Campus rape is systemic
Most rapes are not reported
1 in 4 girls is sexually assaulted before the age of 18
Sexual assault is so devasting to any person that 52% of those victims are clinically depressed. 50% of those victims attempt suicide. 25.6% of those that attempt suicide are successful.
There are over 400 rape kits in Tennessee that have not been processed - updates currently are over 500.
Females make up 82.5% of lone entrepreneurs and 55.4% of the overall workforce
Tennessee had the 10th highest rate of pregnancy discrimination charges
Nearly 1 in 6 women in Tennessee (15%) live in poverty
Large portions of women in Tennessee who have children under 18 are family breadwinners
The list goes on and on.
No peace for Jane Roe is an artivism piece by the New Suffragettes
Looking back and digging into the story behind Roe v Wade this artist finds the story of Norma McCorvey, given the name of Jane Roe by her legal team for the purposes of the lawsuit, painfully sad. I truly believe that there was never peace for Norma given her stormy history. Her story is extremely controversial, she suffered an unsteady life and made flip flop decisions, in my opinion as a means to survive. My heart aches for her. Suffering from addiction no doubt brought on by her past this survivor most likely felt lost, alone, and desperate. By the time of her third pregnancy, this young survivor had experienced a life of neglect, abandonment, violence, and repeated rape. She was depressed, most likely clinically, was unemployable, and being pregnant was a hardship for her mentally, physically, and financially. She had lost custody of one child and had birthed another which she gave up for adoption. Feeling hopeless and unable to obtain an abortion her Doctor led her to attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington, who were looking for pregnant women seeking abortions.
Her documentary AKA Jane Roe tells her story. The part of her story that gets played over and over is that she became pro-life. Norma was paid over $450,000 to be a spokesperson for pro-life. When interviewed for the documentary Norma made what she called her deathbed confession in which she states that it was all an act. Norma said her anti-abortion activism had been "all an act", which she did because she was paid, stating that she did not care whether a woman got an abortion. She stated, "If a young woman wants to have an abortion, that's no skin off my ass. That's why they call it choice," she added. Pro-choice/Pro-Life it doesn't matter. She was a victim of a society that believes that women are not equal. That they are not capable of making the right decisions for their bodies. Her scars of abuse, abandonment, and neglect never healed. She was a survivor, who are any of us to judge the actions of others? She is right, 100%, it's called choice.
Legally, it made no matter who Norma really was, what she stood for, or what she became. The very act of using a fictitious name for the case underscores that the actual identity of the woman seeking an abortion was unimportant. Norma herself recounts in AKA Jane Roe, the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling did nothing directly for her, and while this is true, the awareness of her being Jane Roe proved advantageous to her and where the controversy lies.