Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion.
To bring attention to the challenges many women are still encountering when it comes to accessing abortion care, the Center for Reproductive Rights has released Draw the Line Monologues, a series of video vignettes inspired by real stories of women who have made the very personal decision to end a pregnancy.
Draw the Line Monologues is the latest video series from the Center’s Draw the Line campaign, which encourages people to stand up for reproductive freedom. The compelling stories are beautifully performed by Elizabeth Banks, Amy Brenneman, Mercedes Mason, Mary McCormack, Dascha Polanco, Retta and Bellamy Young, and directed by Betty Thomas.
“This is about real women’s lives, health, and families. It’s time to stand up and be heard. It’s time to say that enough is enough, and that we are drawing the line.”
All of the accounts featured in the series were submitted to the Draw the Line website by women across the country. The Center for Reproductive Rights worked with the women to develop the scripts so they accurately reflect their personal experiences.
For the last 43 years, a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion has been protected, but that right continues to be in serious jeopardy. On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments on the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, which will determine whether the state of Texas can shut down nearly all abortion care providers in the state. If Texas succeeds in upholding the HB2 law, which imposes absurd regulations on abortion care providers, it’s very likely other states will follow their lead, placing countless women at risk of serious harm.
“As we prepare to argue for women’s access to safe, legal abortion services before the U.S. Supreme Court, we need to make it clear to politicians exactly what’s at stake when they attack our reproductive freedom and fundamental rights,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “This is about real women’s lives, health, and families. It’s time to stand up and be heard. It’s time to say that enough is enough, and that we are drawing the line.”
The Center for Reproductive Rights is encouraging people around the country to take the Draw the Line Challenge and show the Supreme Court that it’s time to #drawtheline against attacks on safe, legal abortion.
View the individual Draw the Line Monologues
Elizabeth Banks tells Rebecca’s story: My Friend Supported My Choice
Amy Brenneman tells Whitney’s story: Out of Sorrow, Great Joy
Mercedes Mason tells Laura’s story: Parenthood Should be a Gift Not a Punishment
Mary McCormack tells Susanne’s story: I had No Real Choice
Dascha Polanco tells Kayleigh’s story: I Wouldn’t Let Anyone Bully Me
Retta tells Rosario’s story: I Was Lucky
Bellamy Young tells Faith’s story: I Was Made to Feel Like a Criminal
Visit Draw The Line to share your own abortion story.