On September 13, 2018, Netflix released a documentary about abortion called “Reversing Roe.” If you have not watched it, stop reading this article and go watch it! The documentary provides a clear and accessible overview of more than 50 years of the social and legal history of the issue of abortion in the United States.
In my opinion, the most impactful statements from that documentary came from the great Gloria Steinem. I want her words to be remembered forever:
At a press conference in the 1970’s, Steinem declared:
It is a political issue. The state means to control our bodies. We produce the soldiers, we produce the workers, and they fear the loss of that control.
It’s the basis of democracy that you control your own body. And it’s the basis of hierarchy and totalitarian regimes that you don’t.
Talk about hitting the nail on the head!
That is all. Thanks for reading,
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