Dear Defenders of Choice,
Response to the film, “The Choice,” has been overwhelming!!!! Please continue to share this link on your networks. Never has women’s reproductive health care been more precarious, as the Supreme Court lurches toward overturning Roe v. Wade. “The Choice” is a stark reminder about what truly hangs in the balance. It’s about time we focused upon the stories of the countless real women who choose to terminate a pregnancy. If we don’t talk about it and share our stories, the procedure will never be accepted as the mainstream treatment that it is. One in four American women will have an abortion over a lifetime.
Speaking of which, many of you have chosen to share your journeys with me privately or in emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, like these messages below:
“I just watched your film. Powerful. I had to borrow the money. Friend took me. Told my mom months later. It was a friend’s boyfriend who forced himself on me. #metoo Thank you.”
“It could have been my story in your film. When I got pregnant, I was headed for college, not teen motherhood. I never told the father that I was pregnant; we had no relationship. I think about it often as we still have mutual friends.”
Or even this, from a male acquaintance:
“(The film) was emotional because it completely caught me off guard. I was never conscious of anyone who had gone through an abortion before, so I never had any idea about what is involved as a girl/woman is contemplating it, going through it, as it happens, and then dealing with it going forward. I suppose all of the experiences are uniquely individual to a point, but there are probably a lot of commonly shared feelings, thoughts and emotions, too. I can definitely appreciate the need to protect the right to choose.”
Defenders, now is not the time to slow down. Fifty-five percent of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Nearly 70 percent say that Roe v. Wade should not be overturned. Abortion should not be a political flashpoint. It should be a health care option that is discussed between a woman and her doctor. As we speak, many are protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. They know what’s at stake; they know that we will never go back. Roe v. Wade must remain the law of the land.
As the midterms approach, we cannot relent on our goal to make sure abortion remains safe, accessible and legal (while we also address the biggest reason for abortions: unplanned pregnancies).
PLEASE SHARE “THE CHOICE” WIDELY. E-mail it privately to friends and advocates, post it publicly to social media, or show it in groups including voter education forums and women’s rights gatherings.
Become one of the #ChoiceVoices!