By Cathryn Torres, 2018 Next Generation Fellow
I’m Cathryn Torres and I’m a 22 year old Tejana and sociology student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. I’ve been involved with several organizations on and off campus that focus on reproductive rights, justice, and health. Being part of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas has always been a dream of mine because I sincerely admire the work that NPCT does to ensure Texans have access to the reproductive health services they need and make sure their reproductive rights aren’t stepped on.
I consider myself an advocate for reproductive rights, health, and justice. I remember entering college with this dream of becoming a college activist because I knew something had to give, and through experiences like what NARAL has provided me, I see myself pursuing activism well into my adult life. I won’t stop until there is true change. This fire within me is ignited by the powerful people that surround me in the RGV. I’ve grown to honor and respect the work the people around me have done and I want to continue to lift the voices of those who need it most.
Joining Next Generation was so exciting! It was so powerful seeing all the work these dynamic young leaders did during past legislative sessions, and their unapologetic grace is so inspiring. It’s so thrilling to be a Next Gen fellow sharing spaces with 35 amazing people with such strong hearts. I’ve been so engaged with the reproductive rights movement and being a fellow has really gotten me to pumped to keep going.
Texas is my home – born and raised. I hold this state so close to me and it breaks my heart that we are forced to live our lives based off bogus, anti-choice rules dictated by white, cis-heterosexual men. Time and time again we often feel overwhelmed and like we can only do so much, but our big Texas virtues keeps us fighting for what is right.