By Elaina Ramsey, Ohio RCRC Executive Director

If you’re heartbroken and outraged about the events of this weekend, we are too. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is a travesty of justice and an insult to survivors everywhere.

Since July, we’ve done everything we could to speak out against this extremist judge. From protesting with our bodies and sounding the alarm online, to meeting with editorial boards and delivering your petition signatures directly to your senators in Washington, D.C., we proudly stood with you to faithfully oppose Kavanaugh. Thank you for never letting up.

Now the fight turns to the states. The Supreme Court can no longer be counted as a firewall for abortion rights. We need your support now more than ever.

This fall, we are strengthening our resolve to preserve abortion access in Ohio. We’re planning Clinic Blessings to honor the sacred work of abortion providers. And we'll strongly oppose abortion restrictions like House Bill 565 (aka the Total Abortion Ban), which has been introduced in the Ohio legislature and seeks to criminalize abortion as murder, banning it at all stages of pregnancy and in all cases — including rape and incest.

Your vote has never been more important. Our elected leaders create and enact policies that impact our families, neighbors, and communities for generations to come.

Make a plan with your loved ones to early vote or get to the polls on November 6th. But first and foremost, make sure you and your family and friends are registered to vote. Tomorrow, October 9th, is the last day to register to vote in Ohio. Check your status and get election information at MYOHIOVOTE.COM.

In the midst of all of this, we hope and pray you take some time to pause — breathe deep, mourn, and take steps to care for yourself. Read the reflection below which continues to encourage and sustain so many in this moment. Peace be with you in the days ahead.


blessed are you who are raging.

blessed are you who are mourning.

blessed are you who feel numb.

blessed are you who feel sick. and tired. and sick and tired.

blessed are you who refuse to turn away.

blessed are you who need to turn away.

blessed are you who keep breathing deep.

blessed are you who are tending to your own needs.

blessed are you who are tending to the needs of another.

blessed are you who have been calling.

blessed are you who have been organizing.

blessed are you who have been testifying.

blessed are you who have been hearing.

blessed are you who have been resisting.

blessed are you who feel broken open beyond repair.

blessed are you who are raw beyond words.

blessed are you who are working hotlines and crisis care centers and bearing witness to the forces of violence and trauma unleashed and unloosed.

blessed are you who are marching.

blessed are you who are weeping.

blessed are you who preach and know that divinity resides in despised, abused, violated flesh.

blessed are you who know deep in your bones that you are good. and beautiful. and beloved. and sacred. and worthy. and believed. and held. and capable of healing beyond your wildest imagination.

blessed are you who remind others they are good. and beautiful. and beloved. and sacred. and worthy. and believed. and held. and capable of healing beyond their wildest imagination.

blessed are we when we dare to dream of a world without sexual violence, without white supremacy, without misogyny, without police brutality, without anti-trans and anti-queer violence.

blessed are we when we stay tender.

blessed are we when we stay fierce.

blessed are we when we dare to imagine repair, and transformation.

blessed are we when we labor together to make it so.

— Rev. Anna Blaedel