Last night was an annual affair to raise money to pay for abortions for impoverished women. Several hundred people were there, many had to stand.
Two women I have know for over 30 years spoke. They are well known in the community, are quoted in the local paper on various community issues and are active Christians.
Both women are in their 70′s and told of abortions they had before Roe v Wade. The stories were so compelling, you could have heard a pin drop. Both were married when they had their abortions.
One lived in the Milwaukee area at the time and had experienced serious medical problems after her first two births. Her doctor warned he not to have more.
She used birth control measures available at the time, but became pregnant. To have the abortion done locally she had to declare herself suicidal. She had the abortion in a disguised basement of an office building.
The other lady also had two children, and also suffered medical complications making another pregnancy dangerous. When birth control failed her, the doctor tried to have a hospital abortion in Sioux Falls and Sioux City. He was turned down. She had the abortion done in Rapid City by a doctor who somehow made a living doing them when it was illegal.
The abortion debate has not included much story telling by women who had them. If this continues, I predict some of the political opposition will fade.