Before the election, my biggest hypothetical fear was President Donald Trump’s ability to appoint Supreme Court Justices. With Justice Kennedy announcing his retirement on Wednesday, this fear will probably be realized twice over. It wasn’t that I couldn’t imagine a million horrible things Trump could do; it’s that the Supreme Court will outlast any one administration (ideally). Its rulings on federal laws could influence society for decades to come. Marriage equality, labor laws, and, of course, abortion rights. To highlight the significance of Roe v. Wade, I asked moms to talk about what their life would be like without it, because the full impact of Roe being overturned cannot be fathomed without hearing from the people it could affect.
I’ve never had an abortion, and while I’ve been pro-choice for as long as I can remember, my relationship with the idea of abortion has changed over time. While I initially saw the termination of a pregnancy as a sort of necessary shame (and, at times, an immoral, selfish decision), age, experience, and, especially, becoming a mother, has changed my thinking. I no longer see anything shameful or universally sad about abortion access. I certainly don’t see it as selfish. I see it as component of complete pregnancy care. Sometimes it’s sad, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s a relief, and sometimes it’s somehow all of those things at once.