inspiration #30 : Wendy Davis.
I made a deliberate decision to include abortion in Dodge and Burn (as arguably the central event of the book) because I feel that it’s something our society doesn’t talk about enough. sure, we talk about “pro-choice” and “pro-life” but we don’t discuss the actual event. statistically, you know someone who has had an abortion. statistically, she probably hasn’t told you about it.
so along came Wendy Davis, a committed state legislator from Texas, who finally gave voice to hundreds of narratives from women who had experiences to share. her filibuster started a dialogue, and honestly, that’s a true inspiration for me. what I hope to do with Francesca’s abortion is start a conversation, because talking about books is fine and good but in a perfect world, we would also talk about our lives.
CNN would rather broadcast a segment on blueberry muffins than cover the testimony of hundreds of women speaking frankly about abortion. for that reason alone, I feel a responsibility to make this issue an integral part of my work.