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Sam Martino
Out In Jersey magazine editor Sam Martino

Editor’s Letter

On July 4th, as I sat down to write this editorial about hate, a new hate crime at this moment had been committed. This time in Highland Park, IL, on Independence Day. Seven are dead and over 39 injured. I can’t even get though an article about hate before another hate crime is committed. Not only do we have to deal with the hate that is plaguing our country, but we also must deal with the hate being forced down our throats by our own officials in the Supreme Court.

The first time I had sex was with a guy, I got pregnant. The first day I missed my period, I started vomiting. I went to our family doctor who saw me without my parents, and he confirmed what I dreaded. I was pregnant. I had a young and informed mother who knew what had to happen. I needed to have an abortion.

Thankfully on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued a 7–2 decision in favor of “Jane Roe” (Norma McCorvey) holding that women in the United States had a fundamental right to choose whether to have abortions without excessive government restriction and striking down Texas’s abortion ban as unconstitutional.

Now I sit here at the age of 59, and I am angry at what is happening in our country and to women. I am pissed that we no longer have the right to our bodies.

As I am writing this, I get a ding on my phone, and I see a meme in my social media that says, “Happy 4th, where American rapists celebrate the freedom to pick their baby mamas.”

The Supreme Court has endangered women’s lives. They have told us and everyone in the world that we are not worthy or capable of making decisions for our own health care. We are less than. We will always be less than to the pro-lifers who want to force their religious beliefs on our bodies. If that’s not bad enough for you, now the Supreme Court has ruled that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, which is a major expansion of gun rights. Does that make you feel safe? I am sure it doesn’t, because I feel less than safe.

What’s next for the Supreme Court? Anytime you know someone is going to get an abortion you can shoot them? Oh, that’s right, the Supreme Court may be coming for your contraception pill. And of course, your right to marriage equality.

The morning after pill will be a thing of the past. Getting your tubes tied will probably become illegal. The physicians performing tubal ligations will most likely be imprisoned.

Banning abortions has never stopped abortions. Women will die.

Supreme = having complete power, control, absolute, all-powerful, invincible, mighty

Maria Sammartino (aka Sam Martino), is a writer and artist for over 15 years. Maria started at Out In Jersey as the news editor in 2009, and shortly thereafter became the Editor-In-Chief. She has been published in the Philadelphia Gay News, The International Journal of MS Care, and others. Maria goes by Sam Martino because she believes that women are never given a fair shot - and doesn’t want her art or her writing to be judged based on her sex, but on the merit of the work.