One morning this fall, California State Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks felt a type of pain she had never experienced before.
44-year-old Vicks finds himself doubling down In pain, can hardly walk or get her daughter ready for school. Shortly after visiting her doctor, she learned that she was pregnant and was having a miscarriage and would need an emergency abortion. His procedure took place after twenty-four hours.
Wix share A deeply personal account of what happened that September morning took to Twitter on Thursday after an oral debate in the most important abortion rights case heard by the US Supreme Court since Roe v Wade.
She told the Granthshala that Wicks decided to tell her story to illustrate the urgency of readily accessible reproductive care and to warn of the risks of this care if the Mississippi abortion law is upheld by the nation’s highest court. Is.
“We often debate these policy matters in principle, but in reality people like me experience the consequences when lawmakers and policymakers make these decisions,” Wicks said.
“I think it’s a story that’s not unusual,” she said. “I have a platform I want to use to help advance the cause and say: ‘This is my body and I can make my own decisions.'”
In his tweets, Wicks described how hard it was to process what was happening – working through intense emotions while feeling intense pain. She described asking her doctor if she could have access to the procedure being performed in Texas, which this year banned abortions after cardiac activity was detected.
The doctor told her that even though the procedure would have been legal, given accessibility issues, it could have been very difficult to obtain.
“Think of the cruelty involved in making it your goal to make life more difficult for someone in that situation: in a lot of pain, bleeding a lot, barely able to walk, what’s up with them. , unsure about where to go, and then forcing them to endure a multi-state drive or frantic race to the airport for the next flight to a state where medically necessary healthcare is still getting access *legal* and *available*,” she wrote. “And assuming they have the privilege and means to obtain those options.”
Wicks said similar issues are at stake in the abortion case before the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which pit Mississippi state leadership against the state’s last abortion clinic. The state wants to ban abortion after 15 weeks of gestation and is asking the court to reverse Roe v Wade.
“When I was coming up as a young adult, I thought that Roe v Wade was the law of the land and that we had overcome the oppressive harsh measures. But here we are again,” Wicks said.
At the hearing on Wednesday, a majority of the courtroom appeared to be supportive of Mississippi’s rules, with the latest Supreme Court Justice Justice Amy Connie Barrett asking if women could simply “end theirs”. parental rights“Giving the child up for adoption rather than seeking an abortion at the end of the pregnancy.
Under Mississippi law, Wicks would still be able to have an abortion, but similar to the situation in Texas, the effect of closing clinics due to restrictions would make it difficult for women to seek care in their own communities, even in emergency situations. even in situations. Like her.
But if the Mississippi law is upheld, women across the country could travel for hours to find a hospital or clinic, which could make abortion inaccessible to low-income women who need care.
“I doubled in pain at 4 a.m. I had never experienced it, no way to get on an airplane or walk for miles to get care,” she said.