Autoimmune Wellness, leadership and team, are on strike this week. No new content will be posted on our website or any of our social media channels.
We are on strike because there are basic human rights that are prerequisites to both personal wellness and to the community we aim to foster through our work at Autoimmune Wellness. Among those rights are bodily agency and access to safe, affordable healthcare, including abortion.
The draft opinion by the US Supreme Court to overturn the half-century-old Roe v. Wade precedent granting women the right of bodily agency and access to safe, affordable healthcare is an unacceptable threat to those prerequisites to wellness for the autoimmune community we serve, a majority of whom are birthing people. The right to control one’s reproductive decisions is especially crucial for the autoimmune community, since we know that the hormonal changes of pregnancy and the postpartum period leave us uniquely vulnerable to developing new or worsening autoimmune conditions.
Through critical thinking we understand that a reversal of the Roe ruling will represent a significant barrier to health for all birthing people, but especially for those with low incomes and those in the BIPOC community. Our commitment to the work of social and health equity for all, marginalized groups included, does not end at food and nutrition. Fostering an anti-oppressive wellness environment must address all prerequisites to health and wellness.
With this clear “why” in mind, we are especially calling-in those with the most privilege in our community (high-income, white women) to strike with us. We are confident in your ability, as fellow autoimmune warriors, to take action that will help ensure the health and wellness of us all.
To understand the goals of this strike and how everyone can participate, even if you are unable to suspend work, check out the Mother’s Day Strike website. Or find them on Instagram at @mothersdaystrike2022 or @strikeforchoice.