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To be honest, I can’t believe we’re still here tonight, still fighting for the same issue that my mother’s generation fought for, and even people before her have been fighting for, since the dawn of time. Fighting for autonomy: The right to choose what happens to our own bodies. It seems so simple, right? It’s the freedom to shape our destinies medically and otherwise. It’s the ability to decide what’s best for ourselves. For no other reason than that is our decision to make.
Not one doctor or a nurse called [my pregnancy loss care] an abortion. The word “abortion” was never uttered. But I’ve learned to live in my truth to boldly reclaim my right and all of our rights to an abortion. We cannot be afraid to say the word.