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Here is what we need now.

High quality, accessible, affordable health care for expectant mothers and for children til age 18.

Compassionate, accessible, competent health care for women experiencing miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and other pregnancy related crises.

Guaranteed paid maternal/parental leave, 12 weeks minimum. (Anna Neill, thank you for pointing out the omission!)

Legislation requiring fathers to financially support their children until those children are adults.

Universal, high quality child care for working mothers of preschoolers,

Excellent summer school options for working mothers of school-aged children.

If you're not ready to stand behind those proposals, I don't think you should be celebrating today.

We do not support mothers in this country. That has to change.
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And, on a related note, I'm the mother of more than one disabled child. We have a secure marriage and stable income (though we haven't always had a stable income), and we're so burned out I can't see straight. Imagine the mothers without those two things, but with children like mine (wheelchair, feeding tube, epilepsy, neurodiverse, etc). The programs out there have so much red tape I've cried my way through the paperwork. Support also needs to be easily accessible. When women carry their babies to term, outcomes like mine can happen (I don't regret my children, but it's hard) The theory of so many pro-lifers seems to be that if you really need it, you'll wade through the red tape. But sometimes you need it so badly you don't have the ability to cut through it anymore, so you simply give up, and suffer the consequences, and some of those can be dire. We need the policies Susan outlines without the red tape and waiting lists that those of us with disabled children deal with. For so many services already in place, they might exist, but they aren't actually accessible to those who need them most.

And the legislation requiring fathers to support their children should begin *at conception.* As should life insurance and tax deductions. If they’re a person from conception, ALL laws should reflect that.

How can we force a women to carry a pregnancy but not protect her job if she does so.

I'm overawed by so many amazing comments, but I have to add one more. Please, better/clearer legislation that supports CPS workers, kids in foster care, parents working with CPS, and parents adopting through foster care. There are so many children suffering because the system is slow, understaffed, underpaid, and slowed by massive amounts of red tape. Help the kids in the system, and the adults working with those kids, to come out stronger, independent, confident, and supported!

This is what we needed decades ago. I’m not hopeful that “pro-lifers” will suddenly support these clearly pro-life policies.

We also need laws that prevent rapist's from having custody of children they fathered.

And broad access to birth control.

I don't really have a dog in this fight, being Danish. Somehow, we make do with a 12 week limit on abortion, whereas the case before the Supreme Court today suggested a 15 week limit. And we have all the things you demand, and much more. But the most important thing to remember today is that the issue has been handed back to the state legislatures and the democratic process where it really belongs.

I stand behind all those and also a woman’s right to choose. It’s astounding to me that with the lack of affordable health care, we now may be burdening a woman with life long medical debt.

I can’t even get Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover mental health visits for my teen, nevermind the rest of it 🙄

We need all these things as well as affordable and easy access to birth control and comprehensive sex ed. As well as continued access to abortion. Because abortion is health care. Forcing women to experience pregnancy and labor against their will is violence.

We also need comprehensive sex education that doesn’t offer abstinence as the primary (or only) means of acceptable contraception.

This post comes off as judgmental and more a desire to vent tribal frustration than joy some will be spared getting butchered, which on its own is ALWAYS reason to celebrate, unless one is indifferent because one will not be the one enduring it.

Tennessee actually put many of these items into the trigger legislation that goes into effect 30 days from today. Expanded Medicaid coverage and support for programs that assist mothers and children. Also, expansion of foster care funding. I was very pleased to see that legislation was already in place to support women and children. I am adamantly pro-life, and that includes caring for mothers and children after birth too.

Not many people are aware of what Republicans have been doing in Texas: "...At the same time, as we passed S.B. 8 [the law restricting abortion in 2021], we invested $100 million in the Alternatives to Abortion program, and we increased funding to the Healthy Texas Women program. We’re concerned about not just saying no to abortion but supporting women who are facing unexpected pregnancies or other difficult circumstances. That needs to be the pro-life vision for the state of Texas. Part of our core agenda every session is increasing funding to these programs that support women and their families. We are the organization that drags Republicans, sometimes kicking and screaming, into investing more money into social services for pregnant women..." ( I know this doesn't cover the particular items listed in the post, but I predict we'll see more building on this kind of thing, and Texas Republicans (and ones in other states doing similar things) at least deserve credit for exploding the I-don't-care-about-you-after-you're-born stereotype.

I would add paid time off for maternity and paternity leave.

You are more or less describing usual European policies. It can be done.

We already have everything on this list except the healthcare for mother's of preschoolers. (I'm unclear on the logic of including this item on the list, but okay.)

And revisions to the foster care system. Particularly post adoptive or reunification mental health and counseling for the ENTIRE family unit. For the rest of their childhood.

We need to trust women with their own healthcare decisions.

"You shouldn't celebrate returning legislative authority that the Constitution did not bestow on the federal courts to the people and their elected representatives unless you agree with the social government policies of my choosing" is not a hot take with which I am inclined to agree.

I would also add to your list better options/support for single mothers in college.

We are working toward the end of baby death. All babies! So today is joyous for the pre born.

Do you think that will happen? I fervently believe that SCOTUS and these states with trigger laws have been irresponsible on multiple fronts, but especially irresponsible by not having these things already in place.

We’ve got to stop looking to government to solve our problems. Its policies have destroyed the nuclear family, our education system and corrupted law, medicine and science. The church has failed to nurture and defend marriage and families! Fatherlessness has become a scourge contributing to poverty, crime, substance abuse and suicide.

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I found my way to this article:

through the Prufrock newsletter (you can find it here, if you're interested:, which was a little acidic about the tone. ("Does she really stare at her books 'puzzling over their geography' or 'gaze' at their spines while 'associations come tumbling out'? Get out a little, Ms. Kendall Dye! Or pull a book off the shelf and re-read it!") Fair enough--the piece is overwritten. But I thought it would be fun to do a bookshelf geography.

So what does my home office bookshelf say about me, I wonder? (This is NOT my history writing office, which is in a separate little building because of the sheer volume of stacked books. I'll do a post of those shelves sometime soon.)

Inviting you to post a pic of your own personal shelves!
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I found my way to this article:

through the Prufrock newsletter (you can find it here, if youre interested:, which was a little acidic about the tone. (Does she really stare at her books puzzling over their geography or gaze at their spines while associations come tumbling out? Get out a little, Ms. Kendall Dye! Or pull a book off the shelf and re-read it!) Fair enough--the piece is overwritten. But I thought it would be fun to do a bookshelf geography.

So what does my home office bookshelf say about me, I wonder? (This is NOT my history writing office, which is in a separate little building because of the sheer volume of stacked books. Ill do a post of those shelves sometime soon.)

Inviting you to post a pic of your own personal shelves!

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Here's a partial shot of one of my book walls...

I have fiction then nonfiction, both alphabetized by author. My kids all have their own collections on their own shelves and have commandeered some of my books over the years…. 🙂

I’ll take that invitation/challenge. This is only the tip of the iceberg. My world history books are elsewhere, but these shelves house: nature, religion, US history, film, region, Disney, & books from my parents lives.

Husband: Whoa. That isn’t good. Have you seen how bent the glass shelves are? Me: 😟 <proceed to move all heavy books off the top shelves elsewhere> Daughter: it’s so TIDY! When did we get*this*book?! What’s *that* book? Oooh, I’m going to read *that* book next! Me: 😒 <walks away muttering about how my mother was right about tidiness again>

And we are all zooming in to read all the titles, correct?

Thankfully Susan made her photo high resolution enough that I can zoom in and see titles. The rest of y’all need to do the same.

There is something about this bookshelf that is just very pleasant and appealing. It feels friendly and cozy, not too neat but not too messy. It feels like a friend.

This is my TBR shelf in my bedroom. It also contains some remnants of the SFF collection, which has mostly migrated to another room as my TBR pile has grown.

Part of my office. What does it say about me that these are organized by Library of Congress numbers? (Mostly theology and biblical studies on this side.)

If they aren’t triple-stacked, are you even a reader?

What first captures my attention are the objects that get to live among the books. In your photo, Susan, the gorgeous clock, the cards, a family photo, blue ribbon, the brown bottle , and the cowbell. Bits and pieces revealing parts of your story tucked amongst the other stories. We moved to Australia (temporarily) which meant I had to select carefully the books I brought. There have been additions while here.After reading the article, I think our shelves indeed reflect a geographic influence.

Also as a sidenote. I got my book hoarding habits from my father. He started storing his books in his kitchen cabinets. Which was really very actually disturbing

The first thing that sticks out to me is "The Wine Bible". Lol.

This is one of many bookshelves in my home!

Susan Wise Bauer around here we call these "shelfies". Our family prefers them to the more popular "selfies". 😏

Hey, I have a King Edward cigar box! It was probably my grandfather’s, and is stuffed with my Dad’s Latin flash cards.

 I also have several bookshelves. Someday I’m hoping to turn one of the kids bedrooms into my library but I’m not entirely sure if they’re all gonna fit in there

To me, this screams, "I need more bookshelf space!"

Business and History (you might recognize the spines of 3 books in the top, middle!)

I had bookshelves built in to flank the fire place. The painter asked, "so what are you going to put on those shelves?" 😒 BOOKS

Hmm. Perhaps it came off as overwritten to you. I actually do stop like a bird arrested in flight and I do get lost in thought as I read the spines. Maybe that’s a function of a specific kind of brain, one both easily distracted and easily lost in thought. I take books down and reread them all the time, by the way. I found my way to this post via a friend on Facebook and while it’s a little hurtful, it also amused me. If I might be so bold, you’re damaging the books by placing so many horizontally across the vertical ones.

I will take a picture later but mine basically looks just like that

Melissa Robertson, can you show us your bookshelves?!

Most of them…

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