What Roe Means to Louisa

In honor of the 38th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, we’re sharing stories from our supporters of what Roe has meant to them. Want to share your story? Leave it in the comments below or email us. You can read the whole series here.

“I first heard about Roe V. Wade in middle school history class; I didn’t think much about it at the time. I was raised Catholic so the only things I heard about abortion were that it was wrong.

A few years later, in U.S. History class in high school, while we were learning about the 1960s, our teacher asked us to break up into groups. Each member of the group was supposed to represent a different social movement of that time. I was assigned to represent “The Women’s Movement” and I had to discuss the issue of legalizing abortion. I thought about the messages I had heard about abortion growing up and then put myself in the shoes of the women at that time. Finally, it clicked. Women need safe and legal abortion as an option so they don’t have to resort to other unsafe options. Roe made that happen.

Ever since that moment when I took the time to actually consider the issue, I’ve been pro-choice. I believe that the women in my life are capable of making their own decisions and I really believe that all women should be given all the resources that provide them the agency to do so.

I think of the motto of the late Dr. George Tiller: “Trust women.” What a simple yet powerful statement. Women are people and women can make the best decisions for ourselves, our bodies, and our families.

However, there are people who don’t share my beliefs. With our new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and the growing anti-choice movement, Roe is as fragile as ever. Roe needs to be celebrated, protected, and fought for because women’s lives are at stake.”

— Louisa, 25

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