Women want, and deserve, to make their own choices.
There are myriad reasons why a woman has the right to choose which I couldn’t possibly begin to list here.
I was raised a Protestant fundamentalist during the 1960’s and the evils of abortion were never mentioned.
“I have nothing to give the child. How can I return to school? I am a woman with a bad reputation. I have no future. I cannot go to study anymore. I am a woman without a future.”
I did not want to be pregnant and definitely did not want a child. I felt no ambiguity or uncertainty about this. What I felt was determined.
I remember the panic in her voice when Sophie told me her period was late... 2 months late.
Meaningful access to abortion includes affordability, health care coverage, and physical access or proximity to a provider.
I do not thank my Mama for not aborting me anymore than I blame her for the miscarriage she had when I was in the 2nd grade. Another healthy baby girl joined our family years after and she has our Mama’s eyes.
In fact I believed, more so than ever, that it takes immeasurable courage and compassion, strength and caring, to choose to have a child—and equal amounts of the same to choose not to have a child.