This Wednesday, May 23 marked a first for broadcasting (and for feminism): BBC Radio news anchor Victoria Derbyshire aired her mid-morning show live from an abortion clinic. Her goal was refreshingly straightforward, as explained in her introduction, “What we’d like to do is tell you what happens when a woman considers an abortion and then decides to have one.”
The show came just a day after the public learned of the death of 38-year-old Catherine Furey, a mother of five who died from drinking industrial-strength vinegar in an attempt at a home abortion. Although it’s impossible to know why she took such drastic action, it’s a tragic reminder of the type of situation that could become commonplace if women were denied abortion access.
In the US, just in the past year, we’ve seen women arrested and jailed for miscarriages. We’ve seen them die because their state laws forced them to resort to such terrible methods as throwing themselves down stairs and ordering poisons on the internet.
No more fucking coat hangers!