“I, um, I have views about lots of Supreme Court cases, but I’m not being nominated for this position to be the Solicitor General nor a judge.”
Roe does not guarantee an unfettered right to an abortion for all nine months of a pregnancy. Why don’t we say that?
Whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life, Roe v. Wade is unlikely to change with either candidate, writes Bethany Mandel.
I am 56 years old, a wife, mother and soon-to-be grandmother. I’ve just retired from a joyful career as a teacher’s assistant in an elementary school in Georgia. This wonderful life of mine was made possible by two abortions in my teens.
I knew women who had infants and toddlers in law school and managed to balance both career and motherhood. I knew I couldn’t.
The dictionary defines regret as a sense of loss, disappointment or dissatisfaction.
“I am pregnant!” And I immediately knew that I would not have this baby. It was a matter-of-fact decision, and I did not struggle with it.
It was 1964 in Southern California. I was 23, in a committed relationship, and even though I was using birth control, I found myself pregnant.
My cisgender male partner of seven years and I had sex, and the condom we were using for safer sex and birth control broke.
We never spoke about it again, until that day in the hospital. She explained to me then that her fury had been rooted in her terror for my well-being. In fact, I was able to access abortion services at a local Planned Parenthood clinic in New York City and pay for it based on the clinic’s sliding scale fees. While I deeply wished that my contraceptive device hadn’t failed all those years ago, I was fortunate enough to have the ability to make my own decision to terminate an unwanted pregnancy, to afford safe medical care and continue with my life plans.