Next Generation Spotlight – Laura Parker

November 18, 2019

– Laura Parker, Houston

I have a conflicting past with abortion and reproductive rights. I was raised Catholic and attended an all-girls Catholic High School. I was taught abortion and birth control were sins. I remember throughout high school having terrible cramps every month. Several doctors recommended birth control to help ease them. I refused to get on birth control for fear I would be sinning. I even passed out during gym because of cramps and still would not take birth control. It was not until college when I began researching and learning about different birth controls that I realized reproductive health is important and taking control of yours is nothing to be ashamed.

After my epiphany, I began researching access to birth control and other reproductive rights. The restrictions women face are daunting. I became passionate about advocating for other women to have control of their bodies. The more I learned, the more I became driven. For me, educating myself was a way to break down the barriers that surrounded this issue. I realized the shame around reproductive health is taught.

I am excited to advocate for reproductive rights. It is such an important issue with rippling effects. I have had a great experience with Next Gen. I have learned so much and met amazing people. I am grateful to be a part of this advocacy movement and cannot wait to see what we will accomplish.