Below is a slightly edited transcript of Rakim Brooks’ remarks Newsweek: Episode of the debate on bridging the division of abortions. You can listen to the podcast here:

Emotions will be pregnant, և like any difficult conversation, I’m not sure that the parties who disagree with each other will be ready to speak immediately. One of the questions we have to ask ourselves, frankly, is whether our state representatives և the government can have these conversations or not. Citizens, of course, will start these conversations, but will it be just a case of government policy, where the Republican majority in some states says “the conversation is over, we are ending abortion”, and in the Democratic states you have such a conversation. “We say the conversation is over, we allow an abortion.”

A new survey shows that support for abortion rights in the United States has reached a record high. Activists here take part in a Women’s March protest against abortion rights at the Los Angeles City Hall on May 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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I hope we will allow some time to pass before we change the regimes. That hope will not come true, I know. But that must be the approach so that we can try to talk to each other about our interests. When my grandmother died, she was in the air conditioner. He had a stroke. And in this case, the state said that I could decide whether to take him out of that respirator or not, or let him live, saying that it was unlikely that he would come back from a stroke. If the state intervened, he would say. “We keep him on the fan, you have to keep controlling him. “You can not decide to take him out of the air conditioner, thereby ending his life.” it will make me sad. It will make me very sad. And that’s what I’m trying to convey to people in another context of abortion.

Rakim Brooks is the President of the Alliance for Justice Action Campaign.

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