On the second to last track of Noname’s debut album ‘Telefone’ she tells a story of an abortion.
A carefully crafted lullaby becomes a farewell song. In it we have two perspectives; the perspective of a child who doesn’t know why their mother is saying goodbye, and the perspective of a mother who is struggling to parts ways with her unborn child. She is telling herself that she will fall in love again, because she knows that it’s imperative she find her happiness. And despite the overwhelming grief she is still asking for the yellow to come in and wash away these blues.
Fast forward to 2022 where the U.S. Supreme Court has officially reversed Roe v. Wade declaring that the constitutional right to abortion, that has been upheld for nearly a half century, no longer exists. Abortion rights will be rolled back in nearly half of the states immediately, with more restrictions likely to follow.
“I know this is not the future you chose for your generation, but if you give up now, you will inherit a country that does not resemble you or any of the values you believe in.” -Michelle Obama
People should have the power over their own bodies as well as their own reproductive system. We are faced with tough decisions everyday but we should always have the right to decide. We must continue to fight for our rights even in the face of uncertainty.