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Margaret Shkimba: Right to abortion services threatened

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14.05.2019

When I did my degree, I went to school part-time while raising a family and working every day. I graduated with a degree in history and women's studies from McMaster back in the 1990s.

I remember leaving class one day talking to the professor of a women's history course, I think it was women in European history. I remarked on the progress of women's rights and I suggested that it wasn't the acquisition of the vote that may have been women's big breakthrough, the class must have been on the suffrage movement, but women's right to abortion was its capstone achievement. And now that women have access to abortion, that battle is done, women's rights to bodily autonomy have been achieved.

I wondered what was left to really motivate women to fight for further equal rights, because clearly the job's not done. What other cause could match the level of passion and commitment witnessed in the pro-choice movement? I felt an end to an era.

Yes, I was naïve. It was a second-year course. I was just beginning to make the connections between all the ways in which women have been and continue to be considered less than or somehow existentially inferior then men, across the ages. The intersecting influences........

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