What My Ancestors Might Think of This Moment in U.S. History

MS. More Than A Magazine, A Movement, 5/27/2022, by Aletha Y, Akers

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 14: Abortion rights activists shout at Anti-Abortion activists during a Bans Off Our Bodies rally and march to the Supreme Court of the United States on Supreme Court of the United States on Saturday, May 14, 2022 in Washington, DC. Abortion rights supporters are holding rallies across the country urging lawmakers to codify abortion rights into law after a leaked draft from the Supreme Court revealed a potential decision to overturn the precedent set by landmark Roe v. Wade. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


I read the draft decision by the Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and wondered what my ancestors would think of us—the U.S.—at this moment. I knew immediately what one might think. Her name is Lillie and her story motivates my work as an obstetrician-gynecologist and as an advocate for sexual and reproductive rights globally. She would say that history is repeating itself after learning little from its past.

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