"I would invite you to sit across from me and listen to me tell this story with my own voice, every excruciating detail, and tell me to my face how I should feel or what I should have done. Tell me you know my grief better than I do...Listen to me when I am talking to you. I am a human being, and I am more than a vessel, and I speak for my daughter whom I never heard cry. I speak for that 17-year-old girl bent across a kitchen counter....And I speak to all of the women like me, the ones who came before, and after, who have been or will be in the same position. These are our bodies and our lives, and so rarely do we ask for the circumstances that command the weight of these critical decisions, but these choices are ours. We should not have to beg for permission to decide what is best for ourselves and our children."
Alabama women protest barbarity. Photo by Mickey Welsh AP
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