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Lorraine Berry is project director for NeoVox, an online international student magazine, at SUNY Cortland. She is a frequent contributor to Salon.com and also writes for Does This Make Sense? and Talking Writing. She studied at Cornell University and the University of Washington.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Lorraine Berry:
Fool me twice. I’m an idiot.
I keep thinking someone in this administration is going to take a stand that will mean something.
It’s a small thing, really, but a huge thing when you’re a teenager. You need access to emergency contraception and you can’t get it because your government is controlled by fundamentalist body haters who think that sex is for procreation only.
I’m still hunting for the right words to say. Nearly 40 years after abortion was made legal in this country, 50 years since we’ve had the Pill, and women are still told, day-after-day, that the only thing that matters about them is their ability to bear children. And if bearing a child costs you your life, well, what greater sacrifice can you make? (And besides, there are plenty of women to replace you.)