The following personal story has been taken from the Voter Pamphlet Statements in opposition to Measure 106.
I have been lucky a few times in my life. I was lucky at 17, when I arrived at college. Getting to college was about creating a future free of everything that had been wrong about my childhood. But just a few months after starting college, I realized that I was pregnant and felt like all my luck had drained out. I felt entirely lost. And I remember feeling entirely relieved when I realized: “I have a choice. I can go to Planned Parenthood and have an abortion.” So that’s what I did. And that’s how I could be lucky enough, at 21, to graduate college as the valedictorian. And lucky enough, at 27, to complete a Ph.D.
I think often about how lucky I was in that difficult time. When I realized that I had no safe place to stay if I had a medication abortion, I was offered an in-clinic procedure. When I told the nurse that I was absolutely sure I never wanted this to happen again, she told me that I could get an IUD. What luck, to be born at the right time and into the right privilege that my right to reproductive choice wasn’t in question.
At 30, I am lucky to have a career, a husband, a dog, a home, a whole fulfilling life — one that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Planned Parenthood and without legal access to safe abortion care.
Please join me in voting NO on Measure 106. This is about so much more than just retaining the legality of abortion or this ballot measure; this is about tearing down walls that keep people trapped by poverty, prejudice and politics. This is about building bridges into a more just future.