On the new episode of The Jewish Channel series “The Salon,” co-hosts Forward editor-in-chief Jane Eisner and TheLi.st founder Rachel Sklar discuss some exciting news: Sklar’s recently announced pregnancy. In the clip, Sklar talks of the joys and challenges in being 41, single and pregnant.
Unexpectedly, Sklar says her pregnancy has only increased her support of reproductive rights:
“I was always pro-choice — but now I am even so much more pro-choice. Just because in addition to the fact that there are all these things happening to my body — they are welcome to me — but I cannot imagine them being foisted on someone else.”
Eisner too, had a similar experience
“I remember having the same feeling, I remember the Webster decision came down when I was pregnant with one of my children, again like you, a really wanted pregnancy and yet it even made me feel more strongly that every woman deserves the chance to make the choice.”
Earlier this month Sklar published an essay on Medium that quickly went viral on her desire to “break the cone” of silence surrounding fertility challenges. Sklar, however, is not such an outlier — today half of first births in the U.S. are to unmarried women and the average age of a woman giving birth for the first time is increasing.
The Sisterhood wishes Sklar a big Mazel Tov!
Sarah Breger is a former editor of the Sisterhood blog. Follow her on Twitter at @sbreger.
Pregnancy Has Only Made Her More Pro-Choice