The following personal story has been taken from the Voter Pamphlet Statements in opposition to Measure 106.
I had an abortion at 16 years old, when I was a junior in high school. It was 1971, one and a half years before Roe v. Wade was passed. When I look back at the map showing abortion services pre-Roe s. Wade, I am filled with dread. I was incredibly fortunate to be close to one of four places in the country where abortion services were legal. Even in a lower middle-class family, the privilege I brought to the situation was vast. I had a job and friends with a car that ran well enough for the drive. I had access to phones and information about services. Even with these advantages time almost ran out. I look at the map and I am floored by the experiences of so many women who did not have my good fortune. Access to health care should not depend on what you have.
We cannot go back to a time when safe, accessible abortion wasn’t a reality for most women. Because I had access to abortion, I was able to finish high school and went on to the University of Connecticut. Now, as a mother of two daughters, I instill a sense of self-dignity in my children, including the right to choose when to have sex, how to practice consent, and the right to choose whether and when to become a parent.
I want to urge my community to pay close attention to the uphill battle we may face if Measure 106 passes. We have become complacent in the face of 45 years of safe access. We need to rededicate ourselves to the fight for access to safe legal reproductive rights, and we can start by voting NO on Measure 106.
Terri P, Springfield