This War is All But Lost. ~ Michelle Marchildon.

Via Michelle Marchildon
on Jan 20, 2013
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40 years ago this week, Roe vs. Wade was made into law and forever changed the lives of women who wished to fight the tyranny of enforced birth.

Like most wars for civil rights, Roe vs. Wade was not won on January 22, 1973. It was begun. And now it is slowly being lost, state by state, and with each election that chips away at a woman’s right to end an early pregnancy.

We are engaged in a great war, and we are losing.

I know that many these days would rather read about sex, or kittens or naked people doing yoga. But this is important. Give me just a minute of your time and I will keep it short and to the point.

Ever since the landmark law passed allowing that a woman’s ‘right to privacy’ was a “fundamental right” in the first two trimesters of pregnancy, the law has been steadily under attack. States govern the terms, and so it seems do the religious groups and political parties.

Look at the facts: According to an article in Time Magazine, 40 states have curtailed access to abortion by requiring parental notification, waiting periods, counseling with graphic videos and restricting access to Medicaid funds. In 2011, there were 92 abortion-restricting provisions passed by states. Ninety two!

Surprised? Don’t be. Abortion clinics have been fire-bombed, doctors have been shot and nurses are threatened. A woman is more likely to sustain injury from walking into a clinic than from getting the procedure.

By the way, our country has real problems these days. The U.S. debt rating may be lowered, we are fighting a war on poverty, the middle class is barely surviving, and there are almost no jobs for college graduates. The planet is being killed by pollution and waste, and so are its inhabitants. From the world’s anxiety grows a terrorist threat that has spread like a virus.

We can barely take care of ourselves, and yet, the Republican Party would rather concern itself with whatever is going on inside my uterus than fix the economy.

Listen up Republicans: There is nothing of national concern going on in my uterus! In fact, really, nothing is going on in there at all.

One reason we are losing this war is that today’s young adult has no memory of the back-alley abortions. When I came of age, my mother lectured me relentlessly on how she didn’t want me to die on a table with a hanger inside me. Too graphic? Well that’s how it was.

The feminists who fought this battle are gone. Rush Limbaugh called them “Feminazis,” and the stigma has stuck. Today, articles on sex and kittens and Playboy Yoga get thousands more reads on the internet than anything to do with reproductive and civil rights.

This subject isn’t sexy; in fact it is the anti-sexy. And it is not just a “women’s issue,” because last I checked it’s pretty damn hard to get pregnant all by yourself.

This week, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, I ask that you talk to your children, friends and even co-workers to bring this issue once again into the light. If we can bring it out of the shadows, away from the stigma, it can be supported by the good and decent citizens of the United States.

It is the law people, but if it’s going to stay that way we will first need to win the war.


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Editor: Kate Bartolotta


About Michelle Marchildon

Michelle Berman Marchildon is the Yogi Muse. She’s an award-winning journalist, and the author of Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger through Yoga. Her second book, Theme Weaver: Connect the Power of Inspiration to Teaching Yoga, is for yoga teachers who want to inspire their students. Michelle is a columnist for elephant journal and Origin Magazine and a contributor to Teachasana, My Yoga Online and Yoga Journal. She is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and teaches in Denver, Co where she is busy raising two boys, two dogs and one husband. You can follow her on Facebook at Michelle Marchildon, The Yogi Muse. You can find her blog and website at And you can take her classes on


10 Responses to “This War is All But Lost. ~ Michelle Marchildon.”

  1. chad says:

    Just thinking of a woman with a "hangar" (sic) inside her IS pretty graphic–she'd have to be a pretty big gal, since a hangar is a building where airplanes are housed. Maybe her mom meant "hanger" but pronounced it funny. And yes, it's pretty late to try to get Roe V. Wade back on track–this is just octagenarian conservatives playing to their constituents. Fight back, people.

  2. catnipkiss says:

    I had a FB comment about the "pro-abortionists"…. and I was quick to correct that it is "pro choice". No one WANTS an abortion because it's fun, or a lark. It's a horrible decision to have to make. It's hard and painful and full of guilt, but raising an unwanted child with no resources to help (and possibly in an abusive situation) or going through pregnancy and childbirth only to give the child away – those are hard choices too. A woman in this situation considers all, and makes the best choice for herself. I support a woman's right to do so.

  3. Michelle Marchildon says:

    Ugh. I'm a terrible speller, and the spell check has made me worse! I will see if the editors can change hangar. Thanks for catching it.

  4. Mary says:

    Michelle – Thank you for writing this. I understand that it is not "sexy" but, you are right, the right to choose is an essential freedom that everyone is entitled to.

  5. GreatNorthSky says:

    Ummmmmm, Right On, Right On Michelle. Two Things For Sure, 1) ThIs, As Always Is Sooooooooo Politically Driven That Its Sickening and 2) There Is A Tremendous Lack Of Awareness, Especially Amongst Youth, and Not Just In This Area, This Is A Very Sad State Of Affairs. So Unless We Are Standing Up and Paying Attention Nothing Will Ever Get Done, Period End Of Story. As Always, Thank You नमस्ते

  6. Michelle Marchildon says:

    Yes Great Northern Sky. It's time to wake up. Our rights are under attack and if we expect to keep them, we need to protect them.

  7. chang says:

    abortion kills a human life. This is scientifically proven. when one says they are pro-choice, they are really saying they are okay with killing unborn babies.

    do no harm.

    there are many resources for women. killing a child isn’t a solution.

  8. Everything is connected. Women carry a sacred burden and are vilified when they choose what they must given the state of the world outside their womb. I often wonder if when we stop the senseless slaughter of animals and other human beings (war and chemical poisoning of the biosphere) if this whole "debate" will simply vanish…it seems to me it is a modern witch hunt…looking for someone to blame for the demons of humanity in this present age…and it certainly does seem hypocritical for men to have anything at all to say other than "I am so sorry" and do their own part to stop war by not participating in it.

  9. Michelle -I love the way you put the truth in your articles.

  10. Brett says:

    Ironic but true, majority of people who pursue abortion are men, the fact is, they will never ever get pregnant! We live in an unfair world, isn't it? I just hope that these men would look after the health of their wives and daughters not on tolerance of abortion.