Today marks the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that established the constitutional right to an abortion. The constant and unwavering attacks on our reproductive freedoms make the significance of this decision as important today as it was 45 years ago.
I write today not only to honor this momentous decision and urge you to continue the fight for reproductive justice, but to share my story.
Growing up, I never expected to attend college. But once my career as a hairstylist and makeup artist was thriving I gained the courage and confidence to enroll in community college and pursue my education. Shortly after going back to school I learned that I was pregnant. A rush of emotion overcame me as I thought of how hard I had worked to get here, what my future would look like now, and what my family would think. My sisters and many other loved ones were young mothers. Throughout my life, I witnessed the struggles they faced as the result of unplanned teenage pregnancies — struggles that were exacerbated by our socio-economic and first-generation status. While I was not a teenager I was in no position to be a… Read More