What Roe Meant to Andrea.

Today is the the 38th anniversary of Roe V. Wade. To honor it, 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.

“Several years ago, I was talking with my Aunt, a person I respected a lot. She was a cattle rancher out West most of her life, one of the pioneers in growing range-fed cattle. However, she grew up in New York City in the 1920s and 1930s.

She told me that her first job was working in a doctor’s office as a receptionist. She said that almost every week, a woman would come into the office for help because she was bleeding from her uterus. The woman would be bleeding because she had tried to use a wire coat hanger to abort a fetus (or some back-alley abortionist had).

The coat hanger had been unwound and made into a sharp stick to poke in her uterus to cause the abortion. My Aunt told me that many times, women came too late to save their own lives. The end of the hanger had pierced the uterine wall beyond repair. There was massive infection and hemorrhaging. The women either died in the doctor’s office, or soon after, in the hospital, despite every attempt to save her.

My Aunt said she came to understand that she had to support legal abortion because she saw so many women die in their desperation not to have a child. And then she saw the devastation this caused in families in her community. Children lost beloved mothers. Husbands lost beloved wives. Parents lost beloved daughters. Friends lost beloved friends. This helped convinced me how important it is to support complete women’s healthcare.”

— Andrea

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