Women Recall Abortion Experiences in Senate Hearing
In a hearing held by chairman Senator John Ashcroft of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, two women, Norma McCorvey (alias Jane "Roe") and Carol Wall, spoke of their experiences with abortion. Norma McCorvey declared, "I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name." McCorvey, who had worked in abortion clinics for years, changed her position in 1995, and is now the director of the Roe No More Ministry in Dallas.
McCorvey read testimony of her experience with abortion, admitting to having lied about her circumstances as a gang rape victim during the Roe trial in 1973. McCorvey concluded her statement declaring, "I am dedicated to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name. It is my sincere prayer that there be no 30th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade."
Carol Wall spoke of the abortion she obtained in Mexico in 1966. She recalled the $800 dollar procedure in an unmarked house and the death note she wrote to her husband and children before the surgery in case she did not return. Wall said her pro-choice views stem from teachings that she should "help others the way you would want to be helped."
Ashcroft led discussions with other panel members regarding fetal viability, the pain threshold of a fetus, and the legal definitions of a fetus and baby.
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10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .