Are you surprised we’re still in the position of having to defend the right to abortion?


I was surprised for a few years in the beginning, but it was my naïveté. It was me saying to myself, This is so unjust—surely if I just explain it, people will agree, and not understanding that the sole reason women are oppressed is because we have the one thing no one else has: a womb. The Kwei and the San women in southern Africa will take you out and show you the herbs they use for contraception and abortion. It’s natural to control your own body. You can’t control your life unless you do that. But various forms of patriarchy have taken over and tried to control women’s bodies.

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