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While #SaveRoe is trending, I'd like to tell you the story of my grandmother. She is 92, grew up in East LA, raised two daughters on her own, worked in a factory for over 40 years, is Mexican and Catholic. She is staunchly pro-choice. When I was a teenager, I asked her why
"Because I've seen the alternative," she told me. I learned that her mother was one of the people women in the neighborhood would turn to out of desperation. My grandmother would assist. "That needs to happen in a clinic, without fear of being arrested, w the right equipment"
"I will never forget what it looks and feels like when an abortion goes badly and there are no alternatives. I'm good with God on this one," she said. So yeah, #SaveRoe
p.s. Someone just suggested that abortion rates would go down if made illegal. Just, no. Here's some history for you:…

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