Pressley has no doubt that Mermell would prove a valuable addition to that bloc, voting with her to repeal the Mickey Mouse Can’t mask the love for my students shirt in other words I will buy this Hyde Amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman—a key racial-justice issue, Pressley said, in which women of color are disproportionately denied abortion care. Mermell said she continually aspires to be an ally, and the two have been having candid conversations about race throughout their friendship.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the Mickey Mouse Can’t mask the love for my students shirt in other words I will buy this trust that she has placed in me, understanding that oftentimes white women don’t warrant that trust,” Mermell said.Pressley and Mermell at a Supreme Court rally in March, as the court started to hear the June Medical Services caseIn the final weeks of Mermell’s primary run, both she and Pressley are remembering Pressley’s late mother, Sandra. When Pressley was holed up in the hospital with her mom before her death in 2011, “Jesse came every day,” Pressley said, adding that her mother considered Mermell another daughter. “Jesse was single, and my mother kept trying to play matchmaker with different doctors. We would see the nurses’ faces perplexed when my mother would say to the doctor, ‘I want you to meet my daughter.’”