I have released a song called My Choice in support of Whole Woman’s Health, a US abortion provider and legal leader in the ongoing battle for reproductive rights. You can stream it on Spotify or download from Bandcamp! See the lyrics below.
“At Whole Woman’s Health, our work doesn’t stop at providing patients with compassionate, high-quality reproductive healthcare. More than ever, the right to safe, legal abortion has been under attack in our government, in the media, and in public discourse. We pride ourselves in being national leaders and innovators in abortion care and a voice for independent abortion providers. We work with the local, state, and national press to destigmatize and normalize abortion care, uplift the work of essential providers, and fight for your reproductive rights.”
My Choice is the first single from my upcoming album, Stand Together, recorded in Habana at Ojala and Egrem in Habana, Cuba and at Signature Sounds in Connecticut. Stand Together will be released spring 2022. This song was written in response to the Trump administration’s erosion of reproductive freedoms and is published in response to the abortion bans in Texas and Mississippi. I started my Choice at Atlantic United World College on tour in Wales, when the Trump administration was allowed by a federal court of appeals to restrict taxpayer dollars given to family planning facilities under Title X. I finished it at home in Nova Scotia with pro life friends, trying to find common ground. My Choice is an anthem supporting women and child bearing folks to assert our rights to reproductive freedom. Being a free person means having autonomy over our own bodies, and reproductive freedom means living in a world where children are chosen and wanted. My Choice moves from the first person, “It’s my body/My voice/My future/My choice to the collective: “Our Bodies/Our Choice.” We have to come together as recent protests in the US have demonstrated to say no to authorities who wish to control our bodies because of antiquated religion-based dogma, and stand up for justice until there is reproductive freedom for all.
I can see the tipping of the scales
That old church burned down
And brought our bodies home
My body’s something you can’t own
It’s my body
In the south
Standing at the river’s mouth
Fish are swimming
Safely to the sea
And a woman’s body is also free
We can be the change we want to see
We’re all human beings
Can we honour all life?
We won’t be slaves to the state
Stand for freedom
It’s not too late
Copyright Erika Kulnys 2021
Workshopped with support from Jessica and Laura Uhlman
Recorded by Mark Thayer at Signature Sounds Studio
Art by John McLean