We asked you what you thought of the recent Roe v. Wade decision. Here's what you told us.
For us, the reversal of Roe v. Wade was shocking. Not shocking that it happened: in today’s firebrand political arena with a keg standing frat boy on the SCOTUS bench, it was more likely to happen than not. It was more like a punch to the gut kinda shocking. For years we hear of “freedom this” and “freedom that.” What that’s starting to mean is “freedom for white christianity to impose their beliefs on others.” (For the record, I have nothing against christianity. I support a person’s right to religious freedom and encourage you to practice your faith. I just want you to support my religious freedom too and not force your beliefs on me.)
Poll and after poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans do not support the court’s decision. But, we wanted to know ourselves, exactly how you, our Startup Cuba community feel about the issue. While *our* poll is not exactly scientific, it is pretty representative of our followers as a whole. The results are below.
(All responses are anonymous. Always.)
Do you agree with overturning Roe v. Wade?
NO – 80.67%
YES – 16.81%
OTHER – 2.52%
“Other” responses were across the board and included things like “don’t care” and “codify it.” And one person asked if “we believed in our right to ask” which makes no sense given the nature of the question. But, since they asked…
Yes. We do believe in our right to ask. Just like we believe in a woman’s right to choose what happens to her body.
Ken Deckinger is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Cuba and the executive producer and host of its namesake docuseries. A native of South Florida, Ken has been an entrepreneur for his entire professional career. Previously he was co-founder and CEO of HurryDate, pioneering the global concept of speed dating to 45 cities throughout the US, UK and Canada. HurryDate eventually evolved into online dating and was acquired by Spark Networks, the parent company of ChristianMingle.com and JDate.com. Ken is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Florida, where he was honored with the University’s Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Under 40 award and sits on the Board for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He actively advises entrepreneurs and is a two-time protagonist of a Harvard Business School case study. Ken’s filmmaking and journalistic journey is inspired by a love of travel and authentic connections with other cultures. He believes that the more we know about each other, through stories, the closer we can become — thus the mission of Startup Cuba: to amplify the voices of the people sharing stories in the Latinx space. After living in New York City for 15 years, he encouraged his wife to move their family to Miami to get back to his South Florida roots. Needless to say, it was a short discussion and he and his family now call Boston, where his wife grew up, their home.