Daring to Remember

Daring to Remember is an ongoing series of stories about life in the years before Roe v. Wade and in the face of contemporary attacks on the right to abortion.

In these uncertain times, we are fighting for Roe and safe, legal abortion access with our own testimonies about life without choice. We are daring to remember what a nation without safe, legal abortion access looks like.

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Daring to Remember: My Semana Santa Secret

I had written a number of suicide notes to my loved ones. My pregnancy, in my interpretation, was a fate worse than death.

Daring to Remember: Shame and Silence in the Waiting Room

I could see the shadows of others as they entered the vestibule and rang the bell, and right after us three more women arrived and then two more. Ten abortions were scheduled for that morning. The nurse told everyone to be quiet and leave the lights off.

Daring to Remember: My Mother’s Horror Story

I had to trust this man because I knew no one else, and I was in my second month of pregnancy. We met at the hospital. I produced the money and was told to go home and wait for their call. The man was solicitous, but insultingly insinuating. I have never felt so powerless in my life.

Daring to Remember: Telling My Family Secret

My grandmother told me that “the doctor” asked her how long she had been knocked up. She cried when she told him that she was a married woman. He laughed and said married women don’t come to such places.

Daring to Remember: Three Generations of Choice

My sister and I were young girls when my older cousin visited us in New York State, coming from Illinois to access a legal abortion. Years later, I had an abortion of my own.

Daring to Remember: An End to Fear and Shame

My mother carried enormous shame over two pregnancies—and the trauma of two dangerous abortions.

Daring to Remember: Religion, Rumors and Roe

The problem was that my parents were both ministers, pastors of a tiny Assemblies of God church in which both fornication and abortion were considered sins. Another problem was that abortion was illegal.

Daring to Remember: An Abortion Before Obamacare

I was 11 weeks pregnant and still hadn’t been seen by a proper physician. It took me three paychecks to save up the $250 it would cost me to see an OB/GYN. I would never make it to that appointment. The night before, I was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and internal bleeding.

Daring to Remember: The Four Illegal Abortions That Compelled Me to Fight for Roe

Four illegal, life-threatening abortions touched my life—and informed my fight for Roe as Executive Director of NOW-NYC in the 1970s. We cannot return to those bloody, damaging, deadly days.

Daring to Remember: What Women Will Do for Choice

An end to abortion access is not an end to abortion—only an end to safe, shame-free medical care. These stories are testimony to the lengths women are willing to go to in order to regain control over their bodies and their lives. They call themselves the lucky ones—because they are lucky to have survived.

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