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May 23 20 tweets 6 min read
I wonder sometimes how much of a role The Handmaid's Tale played in making (white) Americans think that abortion would only ever be illegal in a dystopian future, distant and alien to their everyday. Whereas #RoeVWade is about to overturned in the here and now, in the everyday. For too many people in the U.S., the thought of losing abortion rights was the stuff of dystopia. The idea that a right could be revoked is so alien to so many white Americans especially.
May 22 9 tweets 3 min read
I was relieved after my abortions. My abortions were not traumatic. Abortion is a medical procedure that is safer than giving birth. When abortion is “illegal” it is traumatic. I know what it is like to have an "illegal" abortion.… I had an “illegal” abortion in Egypt in 1996 and a “legal” abortion in the U.S. in 2000. I feel like I straddle a surreal "before" and "after” that is about to go into effect but in reverse in the U.S.…
May 22 6 tweets 3 min read
It is imperative that we pay attention to what are known as rape exceptions to abortion bans. Reject a hierarchy around abortion. The right wing is unabashed in its insistence on controlling our bodies. We must be even more unabashed in our insistence on bodily autonomy #RoeVWade We do not owe anyone an explanation or a reason for our abortion. Much like we insist on rejecting the “worthy victim” scenario of sexual assault, so too must we reject the “worthy recipient” of an abortion. #AbortionIsAHumanRight…
May 22 4 tweets 2 min read
So successful has white supremacist patriarchy been at convincing white women that they’re lucky to live in the U.S. and not Saudi Arabia or Iran, that so many white women did not pay enough attention to the theocracy that white supremacy was building right here at home #abortion It was being built by white men who look like their fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons, not the scary brown men with beards, right?…
May 19 4 tweets 2 min read
Unless you are an able-bodied, white, cisgender, heterosexual wealthy man, rage is the most appropriate response to a Supreme Court stacked with religious zealots who are set to reverse abortion rights… Fuck the Supreme Court.

This is not the time for politeness or civility. I refuse to be civil with religious zealots who do not recognize my full humanity and who are denying me the fundamental right of ownership of my body.
May 15 10 tweets 3 min read
The White Women Who Destroyed Roe v Wade,

And helped build a theocracy.

I wrote this in January and I am republishing because it is more necessary now.… Support my work.

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May 13 15 tweets 5 min read
The deadly blow to the federally protected right to have an abortion in the U.S. belongs to the “sisters”–white, Christian women who are what I call Foot Soldiers of the Patriarchy–a tag team of white, Christian terrorists, legislators, attorneys general, governors, and judges. “We make the mistake of thinking this is a primarily male movement,” Karissa Haugeberg. “Really, when you get into all the different arms of the movement, women far outnumber men.”…
May 12 15 tweets 4 min read
When Roe v Wade is overturned, convicted terrorist Raychelle “Shelly” Shannon can claim that she firebombed a path for the white Christian patriarchy's destruction of abortion rights in the U.S..… Shannon served 25yrs of a 30yr sentence: 11yrs for 1993 attempted murder of Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas,and 20yrs (to which she was sentenced a yr into her other sentence) for 6 fire bombings & 2 acid attacks at abortion clinics in California,Oregon & Nevada
May 12 4 tweets 2 min read
How Anger, Attention, Profanity, Ambition, Power, Violence, Lust can fight abortion bans.

Essay: The Seven Necessary Sins for Fighting Abortion Bans by @monaeltahawy… My essay is also available in Arabic, translated by @itmeansagift…
May 12 9 tweets 2 min read
Spain is set to become the first country in Europe to offer menstrual leave, under a reform plan due to be approved by the government next week.

Several countries in Asia - including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - and Zambia offer similar leave.… The reform, set to be passed at next Tuesday's cabinet meeting, includes other measures to improve menstrual health such as a requirement for schools to provide sanitary pads for those who need them.
May 11 10 tweets 4 min read
Fucking zealots. (GOP)

Fucking cowardly spineless shits (Dems)

A bill to codify #abortion protections fails in the U.S. Senate… Unless the United States develops the stomach for a long-overdue reckoning with the white supremacist Christian theocracy that has been unabashed in its destruction of #RoeVWade, #abortion rights will not be the only rights it destroyed.…
May 11 6 tweets 2 min read
When I had my “illegal” #abortion in Egypt, I spent weeks after searching for abortion stories online because like Audrey Diwan, director of Happening, I wanted someone to talk to. I wanted someone to talk to about having sex, about having an abortion, about wanting to continue having and enjoying sex post-abortion. I was adamant to dispel the thought that becoming pregnant and having an abortion were punishment for having sex.…
May 9 6 tweets 2 min read
Unsurprisingly and stunningly at once, the word “abortion” is not mentioned once in Happening, a film about a 23yo woman who becomes increasingly desperate to have one in 1963 France. That country did not legalize abortion until 1975.… Back in 1963, when the character Anne wants to end her pregnancy so that she can finish her university studies and become a writer, it was dangerous to even talk about terminations let alone help a woman have an abortion.
May 8 6 tweets 3 min read
It took me 25 years to write about my abortions. For as long as patriarchy can shroud abortion with silence, it will continue to stamp it in shame. So I broke my silence to break free of shame. 📷 @rerutled… Mona holding a sign saying "I have had two abortions.&q A reason I decided to finally speak was to say what I'd long yearned to read: I had an abortion because I didn't want to be pregnant. That’s it. In so many of the abortion narratives I read, it was as if women were pleading for mercy & forgiveness that belonged to no one to give
May 8 6 tweets 3 min read
It is important to distinguish whether privacy or secrecy undergirds the silence that surrounds abortion, Carol Sanger writes in About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twentieth Century America. I look at the difference 👇🏽 Abortion concealment in contemporary society aligns not with privacy but with secrecy. That secrecy is a much darker, more psychologically taxing, and socially corrosive phenomenon than privacy,” Sanger says.… #abortionstories
May 8 5 tweets 3 min read
Today in the US, it is #MothersDay. I am happily childfree by choice. I had two abortions because I did not want to be a mother. That choice must be available to everyone who can get pregnant.… I am happy with the life I have created. I have never wondered what it would have been like to have children. We often hear “you’ll regret it when it’s too late.” It is “too late” now and I am here to say: I do not regret it.… #MothersDay
May 8 6 tweets 4 min read
For as long as patriarchy shrouds abortion in silence, it stamps it with shame. Knowing that, I broke my silence so that I could break free of shame. 📷 @rerutled Mona holding a sign saying "I have had two abortions.&q It is incumbent on those of us who can, to talk. Not everyone can talk and survive.

It took me 25 years to write this.… #AbortionIsAHumanRight #RoeVWade
May 7 6 tweets 3 min read
Amy Coney Barrett is not a Footsoldier of the Patriarchy. She is a Five-Star General of the Footsoldiers of the Patriarchy.… #RoeVWade #SCOTUS #AbortionIsHealthcare Amy Coney Barrett is a mediocre judge who was elevated because she’s a white mother of school-aged children who will do white supremacist patriarchy’s bidding in a country that hates mothers and children who are not white.… #RoeVsWade #MothersDay
May 7 6 tweets 4 min read
Choosing to be childfree is surrounded with taboo and stigma. So I wanted to make sure my essay was available in both of my languages: English 👇🏽#MothersDay2022 And in Arabic, thanks to the excellent @itmeansagift #MothersDay
May 7 4 tweets 2 min read
1. Being a lesbian is not an insult.
2. Study some biology, you ignorant fuck.
3. Fuck off.
4. Fuck off some more. The coward deleted the tweet. Here's the screenshot A tweet that reads "How does a lesbian get pregnant?&qu
May 7 5 tweets 4 min read
I am childfree by choice. Happily so.

I published this on last year's #MothersDay. And here it is again for #MothersDay2022… I have had two abortions. I did not want to have children. I was not raped. I was not sick. The pregnancies did not threaten my life. I just did not want to be pregnant.

It took me 25 years to write about my abortions.
#RoeVsWade #AbortionStories…