Do you have different personas?
I do. I’m a book editor, have a career as an author, and raise and show English Show Labradors as a hobby. And I do have somewhat different personas online and for marketing the editing side and author side.
But of course I’m the same person underneath it all J
And while there is some overlap as per editor and author (although not as much as you would think!), most of the time these are three different entities.
Sometimes, however, my separate worlds merge. And this just happened in the most delightful way.
I blogged a few weeks ago about letting go of worry, which was about my last baby boy puppy. And that out of the blue, the most perfect home came for him when I let go of the outcome.
Sometimes I post about political things, such as why we march.
Now and then, I post about a woman’s right to choose. It is an issue close to my heart.
It’s funny too—whenever the discussion comes up, pro-life folks go into detail about why they’re personally opposed to abortion. Why they wouldn’t have one. And I can understand and respect their thoughts and feelings. It is, in essence, a very personal decision.
But that’s the absolute rub here—it’s a personal decision. One based on beliefs, religion, health, and a host of other factors. It’s as personal a decision as any woman can ever make.
Where the decision must be left is with each woman and her doctor.
And that is the essence of choice.
If we as women don’t have sovereignty over our own bodies, we have no Civil Rights.
That I believe in a woman’s right to choose doesn’t make me pro-abortion. It means that at its core your decision whether to have one is yours to make—not mine.
I grew up in an era before Roe v. Wade. I know what it’s like to have limited options if an unplanned pregnancy occurred. I watched the girls who did get pregnant shamed to the hilt, or ferreted away as if they disappeared in the night, only to reappear all those months later as if nothing happened . . .
And then came R v. Wade, which was decided in 1973 by the US Supreme Court on the basis of privacy.
The Court ruled in a 7-2 decision written by Justice Harry Blackmun that the Texas statute violated Jane Roe’s constitutional right to privacy. The Court went on to say that the Constitution’s 1st, 4th, 9th, and 14th amendments protect a person’s “zone of privacy” against state laws, and cited precedent cases ruling that marriage, contraception, and child rearing are all covered in this “zone of privacy.”
Again, a woman has the right to choose what happens with her own body.
Of course, Texas wasn’t done. We live in the buckle of the bible belt, which wouldn’t be an issue if evangelicals didn’t hold fast to the idea that if you don’t believe the way they do, you’re going to hell.
In 2013, Texas HB 2 would have shut down dozens of clinics across the state. It mandated that abortions take place in ambulatory surgical centers, or min-hospitals, instead of regular clinics. Under the guise that this would protect women’s health.
It went all the way to the Supreme Court. In a 5-3 decision in June of 2016, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a concurring majority opinion in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, issuing a scathing criticism of the anti-abortion activists’ arguments, which stated that these sort of provisions are necessary to keep women safe:
“[I]t is beyond rational belief that H.B. 2 could genuinely protect the health of women, and certain that the law ‘would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions,’” Ginsburg wrote. “When a State severely limits access to safe and legal procedures, women in desperate circumstances may resort to unlicensed rogue practitioners ... at great risk to their health and safety.”
What does this have to do with puppies and my worlds coming together?
I’m getting there 🙂
On June 25, 2013, then Texas State Senator Wendy Davis stood on the floor of the Texas Senate to protest the legislation. She filibustered for 11 hours. In her now-famous pink sneakers, she successfully helped Democrats delay passage of the bill.
In another session, the Senate of course passed it. And that’s what when to the Supreme Court, to be ruled unconstitutional in 2016.
It takes enormous courage to stand up for other women, for women’s rights and women’s health, especially in Texas, especially in recent decades.
We’re the poster state for the good ol’ boy network. Just take a jaunt down to Austin and the Texas Leg . . .
We all sat and watched in awe as Senator Davis did just that. She gained national attention, for all the right reasons. She gave us hope, when that was a scarce commodity indeed.
She planted the seeds that have become the modern women’s movement.
And she became one of my all-time heroes.
So imagine my incredible delight and joy when the perfect home comes for Mr. Olive. And her name is Wendy Davis.
She and Alan were delightful when they came to visit. My only focus at that point is making sure my puppy has the best home, and going through all of the specs about health and training and feeding. Ziggy is a lucky boy indeed!
But we did have a touch of time to talk politics. I mean, I am your basic polywonk!
And of course I mentioned how gorgeous he would be as First Dog—whether in the Governor’s mansion or the White House.
Wouldn’t that be cool? It would make me over-the-stars happy on so many levels!
So I thank the Universe for this special gift—both the absolute perfect home for Ziggy, and that he’s now with someone I admire so greatly.
Ah, when my worlds collide it is delicious indeed.
Now all I ask is: run, Wendy, run!
Award-winning writer and editor Susan Mary Malone is the author of the novels, "I Just Came Here to Dance" and "By the Book," as well as four co-authored nonfiction books, including "What’s Wrong with My Family?" and many published short stories. Forty-plus Malone-edited books have now sold to traditional publishers.