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How an Abortion Changed My Life: 10 Women Share Their Stories

From a state senator to a machine worker, Americans reveal—in their own words—how that one decision changed everything.

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When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it ignored the transformational impact the ruling had on the ability of women to join the workforce, build a career, and boost their earning power over the past 50 years. “I believe that eliminating the right of women to make decisions about when and whether to have children would have very damaging effects on the economy and would set women back decades,” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told a congressional hearing in May. These 10 women, age 26 to 80, share in their own words how the decision to terminate a pregnancy altered their life—and career.

Elizabeth Stone, 76
New York
Author and journalist