My Reproductive Freedom Has Been Critical to My Life Choices

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As the Supreme Court prepares to release a decision on June Medical Services v. Russo—a case challenging a medically unnecessary admitting privileges law in Louisiana that seeks to shutter the state’s few remaining abortion clinics—I can’t help but look back at the enormous role that my reproductive life and freedom have played in shaping who I am today. 

A group gathers in front of the Supreme Court as June Medical Services, LLC v. Russo on March 4, 2020. (Victoria Pickering / Flickr)

I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I love children and was a babysitter, camp counselor and tutor as a teenager. I met my husband when I was 35, and when we got married, I began my journey to motherhood. It came easily the first time around, and at 38, I had a baby boy. I knew with unwavering certainty that I wanted a sibling for my son.

But, as it turned out, the quest for…

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