This is a guest post from Samantha Romero.
When I discovered I was pregnant, I was in a loving relationship and had recently graduated from college, but I knew I wasn’t ready to be a mother. I was not in a financial or mental state to have a child. While my sister persevered after becoming pregnant in high school and deciding to parent, she did it by standing by her decisions. In the same way, I made a very intimate decision to have an abortion.
I was very fortunate to have had my abortion early in 2013 before HB 2–a Texas law that has caused widespread abortion clinic closures–went into effect.
Being in Washington D.C. when the case against HB 2 is heard would allow me to honor my decision and stand in solidarity with people everywhere who deserve reproductive rights. Can you chip in to help me get there?
My abortion was an experience I never thought I’d share with anyone. I kept a heavy secret because I was scared of the judgement it would bring. Luckily, I found healing after working in East Texas on the Wendy Davis Campaign. I was incredibly surprised and genuinely heartbroken at the backlash, resistance and hatred aimed towards me personally for being a Wendy Davis supporter. Consequently, I understood that if I truly supported my own decision, and believed in my own autonomy, then sharing my abortion story with others was worth any amount of judgement people had to offer.
Feeling firsthand the antipathy towards those who support a woman’s self-determination is what motivates me in my studies, my work and all aspects of my life to fight for reproductive justice. Will you help me take my fight for reproductive freedom to our nation’s capital?
Women deserve to feel comfortable and safe at all times when it comes to their bodies, mind, health and futures. Restricting our options is never ok.