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Letter: Don’t turn back clock on legalized abortion

Don’t turn back clock on legalized abortion

On the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded of the time before safe and legal abortion and how it could again become a reality with the U.S. Supreme Court hearing the first abortion case in over 20 years. When I was a student in Massachusetts prior to Roe v. Wade, one of my classmates died when her boyfriend attempted an abortion using a coat hanger. I am speaking out because we cannot afford to go back to that time.

State politicians have passed 288 restrictions on abortion since 2010, according to the Guttmacher Institute. In Texas and other states, we see the devastating consequences where thousands of women have tried to end a pregnancy on their own. This cannot be what it means to be a woman living in 21st century America.

Since July, there have been 14 national polls that consistently show the majority of Americans support access to abortion, reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood. The people have definitely spoken.

Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision. I will continue to fight for every woman’s right to take charge of her own medical decisions without political interference. No woman wants the next generation of women to have fewer rights than she did. We won’t go back.

Deborah Goldman

Board Member, Planned Parenthood

of Central and Western New York