Dianna Wynn: Stepping up

August 3, 2013 

Stepping up

Participating in public protests is not something I do, but that all changed for me when the N.C. legislature chose to attack women’s reproductive rights. I am outraged at the nature of this legislation and the sneaky process that produced it.

So it was with anger and frustration that I chose to attend “Moral Monday” and engage in the civil disobedience that resulted in my arrest. I did this not knowing how my family and friends would react. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and often unexpected.

Because of my arrest, I’m not permitted at the legislature, but I am able to direct other pink-shirted women into the building. I’ve watched them come alone. I’ve watched them come with their friends, children, husbands and mothers. I’ve watched them come by the hundreds.

I doubt that N.C. legislators fully anticipated the extent to which their actions would outrage and mobilize us.

Roe v. Wade was decided when I was in grade school, so it’s my mother’s generation that fought this fight. And it’s their daughters and granddaughters that must step up to it now.

Dianna Wynn

Raleigh

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