Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale: The future of reproductive freedom is up to us

by Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale, VT Digger, October 20, 2021

Earlier this month, I joined hundreds of Vermonters at the Rally for Abortion Justice to take a stand for reproductive rights in front of the Statehouse in Montpelier. Leading up to the event, I had been reflecting on what I wanted to say about the importance of equitable access to abortion, which mostly centered on the dual fight for voting rights and reproductive freedom to make lasting progress.

When I got up to the podium, however, I was hit by the strength and power of the community surrounding me and was moved to share my own experience.

I got an abortion 15 years ago when I was studying at American University for a semester in college. I had never felt more alone in my life. Back then, the health center where I got care had anti-abortion protesters who would get extremely close, pulling at your clothes and praying in your ear. All I could hear was the blood pumping in my brain and then a voice above the throng saying three important words: “I’ve got you.”

...I will continue using my voice and position in the Senate to do everything I can for reproductive freedom, not only to keep abortion legal but to make abortion accessible to everyone in our state and beyond. No matter what the Supreme Court does next, one fact will always remain: Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, deserves the freedom to decide if and when to become a parent. The only way we will be able to win back our rights is together, so as we move forward, I’ve got you and we’ve got each other.

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