Nearly a hundred people gathered on the corners of the intersection between El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road on Tuesday afternoon, joining a nationwide movement protesting legislation that has made abortions increasingly inaccessible in the United States.
Many pro-choice and pro-life activists disagree over the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Claire Dinshaw argues that the Irish vote to allow abortion is just the start, the country still needs to figure out how to provide access and make the procedure affordable.
As disheartening as it is that this type of misunderstanding and unfounded written attack occurred, I am comforted by the open and free flow of ideas witnessed last week. I believe the ability of groups that are as disparate as the pro-life and pro-choice movements to respectfully disagree is a testament to the inherent goodness of humankind, and to the worth and purpose of each and every one of us.
We live in a society that has aggressively limited body autonomy. It is easy to forget this because we live in the Bay Area, but I think back to the rural Indiana women I went to high school with whose lives were ruined because they lacked access to abortions because of income or social shame. Abortion is an unfortunate, ugly, and sometimes necessary thing. This protest is an uglier thing still.
I have never tried to convert anyone in my life. I am one of the most open-minded people you will ever meet. I rarely even tell people that I’m Catholic.
On Jan. 24, The Unofficial Stanford Blog posted a picture of me handing out free condoms in White Plaza to celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Excited to share the news, I sent out the link to family and friends. Within a half an hour, I received a reply from my mom: “Oh well, I guess my daughter won’t be president.”