If You Were Wondering What No Choice Looks Like, She Can Tell You.

As we celebrate 41 years of reproductive freedom, "gynoticians" have again set their sights on revoking reproductive rights. Watch American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater talk about what it was like to need an abortion in 1968 and why we can't let the progress we've made since then be undone.

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Dee Dee: Forty-one years ago, the United States Supreme Court recognized our right to reproductive choice. Many young women today have no idea how it was to find yourself in a situation where you needed to get an abortion and you had nowhere to go. It was 1968 and I found myself in a situation where I had to have an abortion. I had a girlfriend who had a friend who was a nurse, and she said that she would give me the abortion.

I had to meet her in a hotel room. I remember being very humiliated, to the point that today, I haven't thought about this for years, thinking about it makes me want to cry. She took out a long rubber hose, I'll never forget. She made me lie down on the bed and she inserted this hose, and she said "you're going to have to keep this hose in your body for the next couple of days." And two days later I remember starting to hemorrhage. I had to be rushed to emergency and I just remember this excruciating pain.

I don't think it is right that our politicians can choose for women what our reproductive choices are. I am appalled that they are trying to take away the rights that we fought so hard for. It's time to stand up. It's time to draw the line. So today I am drawing that line. I am saying to all women, stand up for your rights. You are the one who should decide what you will do with your body. To take away our reproductive choice can hurt you. To raise your voice will not.

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Feb 25, 2014

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