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Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It was a monumental decision in Supreme Court history and arguably one of the most important events of the last fifty years. It ended back-alley abortion clinics, saved thousands of lives, and gave millions of women the right to control what happens to their own bodies, and gave them the freedom to pursue their dreams and goals without fear. An entire generation has grown up in this country without knowing the terror and pain that their parents and grandparents knew.

And yet. And yet we have people in this country trying to take that all away. We have legislators who mandate invasive ultrasounds for all women seeking an abortion. We have elected officials who, in their zeal to end abortion, eliminate health care for many impoverished and disadvantaged women. We have fetal personhood bills, attacks on contraception, firebombed abortion clinics, and murdered doctors. We have a long way to go.

But I have hope that someday every woman in this country will be able to make her own decisions about her reproductive health. I have hope that someday every woman will be able to walk into an abortion clinic with her head held high, and I will fight to make that happen. On this day, I am proud to say that I am pro-choice.

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