Multiple congresswomen recently shared their personal stories about abortion. The media focused on three of them. But a fourth – a story about choosing life – should be told too.
On September 30, three Democratic representatives made headlines after telling their abortion stories during a House hearing on “Examining the Urgent Need to Protect and Expand Abortion Rights and Access.” Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, and Rep. Barbara Lee of California delivered their testimonies. Of the three, the media led with Rep. Bush’s story.
After graduating high school at 17, Rep. Bush remembered joining a church trip to Jackson, Mississippi. That’s where, she said, she met a boy – a 20-year-old friend of a friend. They talked on the phone, they flirted, he asked if he could visit her room. Then, he raped her.
A month later, she turned 18 and missed her period. She went to a local clinic where she learned that she was nine weeks pregnant.
“How could I make this pregnancy work?” she asked. “How could I, at 18 years old and barely scraping by, support a child on my own? And I would have been on my own. I