Abortion Access Al Cheit

a person wearing a white tallit
Al cheit she’chatanu l’fanecha:
The sins we have committed before you by politicizing healthcare. By passively allowing our representatives to use us as bargaining chips for power. By our passive disengagement from the democratic process.
 
Al cheit she’chatanu l’fanecha:
The sins we have committed before you by stigmatizing abortion. By not being a safe person for someone to share their story with. By not realizing and not harnessing the power of our stories.
 
Al cheit she’chatanu l’fanecha:
The sins we have committed before you by dehumanizing the conversations around abortion access. By feeling an ownership over pregnant bodies. By forgetting that every pregnancy requires consent to be viable.
 
Al cheit she’chatanu l’fanecha:
The sins we have committed before you by putting physicians in situations where they are unable to provide necessary healthcare. By separating abortion from a holistic vision of wellbeing. By judging other people’s decisions to abort pregnancy.
 
V’al cheit she’chatanu l’fanecha:
The sins we have committed before you by ignoring the systemic racism that impacts the way we relate to abortion care. By forgetting that abortion access affects everyone. By not doing everything in our power to effect positive change and protect safe access to abortion.
 
V’al kulam Eloah selichot, slach lanu, m’chal lanu, kaper lanu:
For all these sins, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, lead us to atonement.

 

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