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The OUTcast by Muncie OUTreach

The perspective from outside looking in

Aug 15, 2022

For this roundtable episode, we decided to tackle a topic that sparked nationwide outrage and set the internet ablaze. A topic that undoubtedly affects a significant portion of the population. The topic we wanted to confront head on was the unfortunate overturn of Roe V. Wade and Planned Parenthood V. Casey. On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to pass Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that effectively put an end to Roe and Casey, thus ending federal protections surrounding abortion and gave states the power to ban abortion. As countless media outlets reported on the merciless assault on reproductive rights, we heard a particular narrative being regurgitated over and over. One that frames this matter as purely a “women’s rights issue.” This cis woman-centered narrative limits the scope of who is affected by this decision which in turn has cruel and unintended consequences. Outcomes that abandon the accounts of many people who can give birth but don’t identify as women. The lack LGBTQ voices and perspectives within this discourse was concerning and needed to be addressed, so we decided to speak up. We invited nurse practitioner, Kathy Campbell Feeney, to guide us through the murky waters of reproductive rights, abortion misinformation, political propaganda, and the erasure of LGBTQ voices from public discussions.