Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health (NSSRH) exists within and advocates for models of equality, empowerment, and activism. Our unwavering work over the past ten years and going forward will continue to align with models of sexual and reproductive justice, focus on ensuring full-scope training for students, and continue community-building between like-minded organizations.
As a Staff and Board, we are appalled and incited by President-Elect Trump and his nominated Cabinet’s racist, misogynist, homo- and trans-phobic, anti-Muslim, anti-refugee, anti-healthcare access, and anti-abortion stances. The possible impact of the next four years on people’s physical safety, mental and emotional and spiritual well-beings, access to healthcare including abortion services, and our nation’s establishment as a haven for those seeking refuge and asylum remains to be seen. However, if the documented blatant religious and racial violence, political nods toward negating work in gender equality, and anti-abortion bills already brought to legal review are any indication, it seems we may be focusing just to maintain the status quo, let alone continue the forward momentum we gained over the last eight years. One thing is for certain: we, as a community, will have work to do.
This week’s 88th celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday reminds us: “The time is always ripe, to do what is right.” The time is now, and always.
NSSRH will be publicly and politically active over the next four years. We will sign on to oppose any bill that seeks to allow politicians to preempt healthcare decisions between patient and provider, to restrict people’s choice about their own bodies and where those bodies can exist, and any bill that rescinds safety for healthcare providers working within legal scope of practice. We trust our collaborative organizations, our student membership, and those following our work to supportively guide us in the right direction going forward, including if we misstep. We will do the same for others, knowing that we can only have strength in numbers.
Feminist movements that contributed to the Jane Collective, the Chicago underground abortion service started in 1969, proferred a draft acceptable abortion law – a blank sheet of paper. While simplicity may work in the nascent anti-Trump revolution, likely a lot of words will be needed also. With that spirit in mind, we move forward with fresh ideas, simple but clear demonstrations, and collective minds.
For those participating in activities and marches this week, for those holding pro-abortion, pro-queer, pro-woman, pro-healthcare, pro-bodily autonomy, pro-Native lands, pro-public lands, pro-refugee, pro-Muslim, and pro-activist signs, NSSRH wishes you safety, energy, power, and love. For those engaging in and supporting political movements through writing, health provision, hugs, text messages, self-care, leadership, cooking, personal growth and strength, NSSRH wishes you safety, energy, power and love.
Know your rights for protesting.
Track human rights violations along with the SouthernPoverty Law Center.
Support national and local American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) efforts.
Support the work of NSSRH.