Dear reader, you do not need to justify yourself.

I remember, it was a musical performance Greece That’s what my mother first told me about the “old days,” when accidentally pregnant girls had no choice but to have children. The mother went to nursing school before Rowe v. Wade, and like many of her generation, has fond memories of caring for sick, frightened, and sometimes dead women after an illegal abortion. I grew up knowing that protecting a woman’s right to choose whether to continue her pregnancy is essential to saving her life and future.

When I was 12, my mother and I first traveled to Washington DC to march with the National Organization of Women (NOW) in support of Roy. Throughout my teens, he regularly filled our big blue station wagon with signs and snacks, taking all my friends who could go with us. When the RU-486, the abortion pill or morning pill, was introduced to the market in France in the late 1980s, the expectations were much higher. The choice to end an unwanted pregnancy safely and privately was ultimately in the hands of women on one side of the Atlantic.

Incredibly personal reasons

In my senior year of college, in the spring, my boyfriend’s condom broke once. I realized with the schedule that I have the potential to be fertile and I don’t want to take any risks. I went to the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Morristown, New Jersey, where I asked for the pill and received it with respect. Age monks and men have to go past the picket. And accused placards.

Finally, in 2000, Mifeprex (the official name for the Morning After Pill) was approved in the United States. I worked at the Population Council, which was involved in the search and its launch, and we had an armed guard at the entrance to our office. What we have to do to protect a woman’s right to choose has touched us personally.

After a while, I moved to Europe to live. In the next ten years, I got married, got pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful child, got pregnant again and ended that pregnancy. Why? Incredibly for personal reasons that only my husband, my doctor and I would know. I don’t need to justify myself to you, dear reader or anyone else, because I live in a country that allows abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Public opinion is in favor of abortion

This right has disappeared or is about to disappear in the United States for 33 million women and girls of childbearing age. What’s the next step? Will the political divisions that plague the United States be reduced, now that the decision to allow abortion will be returned to the states? I don’t think so. While it may seem that the moral divide between liberal and conservative Americans has reached a staggering new height, differences in opinion on abortion have remained stable over the past three decades, as Pew’s chart shows. Research Center. The new ruling of the Supreme Court is unlikely to change that.

According to some, it is better to allow states that prohibit abortion to suffer the consequences, but states that are not harmed are women and their families. The consequences of strict anti-abortion laws in Poland and Malta have recently made headlines. It seems that it is only a matter of time before similar stories reach us from the United States. Residents of states where American women have limited access to abortions will have to rely on the post office for financial and logistical means to get the next morning pill, send it from another state, or cross their state border. The biggest challenge will be for those who are economically and often medically disadvantaged. Those who have lobbied for decades to revoke this right have always known that it will happen, which makes their victory even more reprehensible.

It took 197 years to protect the women of the independent country from making that choice. Today, as we move forward in America’s democratic journey, we must not lag behind. In November, Americans must elect leaders who will restore women’s right to choose or be the first to lose their freedom.

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