The right to choose is the single defining circumstance that created the full-fledged ability to be all you wanted to be – as a woman – possible. defining both myself and women in the 20th century. For the first time, breaking the cycle of barefoot and pregnant, the cycle of men in power in business and traditional male industries. I had an abortion and it allowed me to go on and reach a potential likely unachievable otherwise.
At times I have wished I had a child so maybe that is my penance. But I had a great aunt die from a coat hanger abortion in the great depression – in a time when another mouth to feed was not feasible. The right to choose has defined me, defined my life, defined my commitment to feminism and to women as sisters with our differences yet the same.