Today I Pray We Won’t Go Back

Today is the anniversary of Roe.
  
Today is the day that I say prayers and light candles to the desperate women who died from coat hangers and broom sticks.

Where I pray for the future of my daughters and their right to choose when they have children and to have access to trained medical doctors if they need abortion to save their lives.

Today is the day that I implore you to remember that the laws of this country must not permeate the membranes of my skin and that my body and the body of my daughters is not expendable.
Today I invite you to engage in graceful revolution by telling your own stories of abortion publicly so that it becomes a real and tangible thing.

Today I pray for and remember the doctors who have been murdered in acts of domestic terrorism.

Today I pray that this year is the year we shift it all.

Today I engage in revolution.

#birdgirlindustries #gracefulrevolution 

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About Melissa Bird

Melissa Bird is a passionate feminist who has turned her education in social work into a career advocating for children, women and their families. She is a fierce believer in preparing women for leadership roles in politics and has a wealth of experience working with policy makers, community leaders, and other stakeholders to improve access to reproductive health care for women, men and teens. In 2006, Melissa became the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Utah where she quickly took a struggling political organization from mediocre to powerhouse in just a few years. Melissa has written and passed into law six pieces of legislation that aim to help disadvantaged homeless youth find shelter and women and their families obtain unfettered access to reproductive health care. A spirited public speaker, Melissa derives great joy from speaking to groups of all sizes about social justice advocacy, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, and fundraising. Melissa has presented workshops at many conferences throughout the country such as: Planned Parenthood Federation of America-State Public Affairs Network: New Public Affairs Staff Orientation—Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood Federation of America-Innovations & Generations Conference—Seattle, Washington Troubled Youth Conference—Snowbird, Utah Child Welfare League of America National Conference—Washington D.C. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center of Mental Health Services Conference-Collaborative Approaches to Successful Transition for Children, Youth, and Families within System of Care—Dallas, Texas Melissa has played many roles throughout her life including preschool teacher, professional lobbyist, university professor, non-profit executive, wife and mother. Throughout her life and her career, Melissa has always held a deep conviction that she is here to empower others in order to improve the lives of women and children throughout the world.
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