I was interviewed Friday morning for a political advertisement for Planned Parenthood and the Colorado State Senate races. About my decision to have an abortion. I wanted to do the ad. I was honored to do the ad. I was scared out of my mind to do the ad.
My day started at, oh shit, is it really 3 a.m? I tried to relax and go back to sleep.
"Do something every day that scares you." "Do something every day that scares you." I repeated my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quote to myself a few times like a mantra.
Note to self: This is not a sleep-inducing mantra. I was highly motivated and wide awake.
Thankfully, my parents were visiting so they got the kids out the door for school by 7:45 and I was able to release some cortisol with half an hour on the elliptical machine. I ate a good breakfast and enjoyed a few minutes of calming quiet as I got myself as ready as possible to share the hardest decision of my life with the entire state of Colorado.
9:15 am: The commercial crew showed up at my house. The interviewer, Sarah Flowers, and her assistant Michelle from 76 Words. The camera guy. The sound guy. And the make-up artist! Didn't know I'd get a pro make-up job. Well that's sorta fun. I felt myself start to breathe.
I paced my living room as the crew arranged furniture. Did camera checks. Sound checks. Set up the lights. This was the real deal.
Finally, the interview began. Sarah is a lovely human being and a savvy professional, and she guided me through the next forty-five minutes or so with grace and ease. I told her my story. (Please click here if you would like to read it.) I read a few pre-scripted lines about a handful of extreme anti-choice candidates for Colorado state senate.
And just like that the gig was over.
Of course I will post the ad on this blog as soon as its cut!
In the meantime, I signed the Bill of Reproductive Rights. The Bill of Reproductive Rights is an effort by the Center for Reproductive Rights to deliver a strong statement - backed by hundreds of thousands of signatures from concerned citizens - to the U.S. Congress and the President that they must guarantee and protect reproductive rights as fundamental human rights and stop the attacks by politicians who want to take those rights away.