Jessa Michie on abortion activism after Dobbs v. Jackson

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin digital organizer Jessa Michie discusses how the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade has affected the relevance of abortion as a political issue.

By Zac Schultz | Here & Now

November 1, 2022

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Jessa Michie:
It has been just overwhelming to see, for example, in our peer to peer texting program, one of the first things that we did was to send out a message just asking people how they were doing. We didn't ask them to do anything. We didn't ask them if they were interested in volunteering. We just asked like, "How are you coping with this? How are you feeling?" And it was really incredible the things that people were sharing. Some really intense, really heavy things that people were were dealing with, that were all brought up by this issue. And yeah, we're continuing to see that, for sure. There's definitely people who are having the experience of realizing that talking about it themselves is also an incredibly important thing that they can do. Being open about their support about it, even just on their social media, sharing something that we have posted or something like that, triggers these conversations that they wouldn't have had otherwise. And I heard a lot of stories from people who had experiences of seeing someone post a pro-choice article or something, and they had never realized that they agreed on that, that they had that in common. So that's been really interesting to see people kind of realize just how much support the issue does have.

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