An Open Letter On Abortion Rights

S.J. Elliott
4 min readMay 3, 2022


Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

If the shit isn’t hitting the fan in the reality you live in, I’m jealous.

On the off chance you missed it, a document, an official draft opinion, from the United States Supreme Court was leaked. It indicated that the intention of the court is to overturn Roe v. Wade and abolish federal protection for abortion rights in the Summer of 2022.

No matter what your position is on the moral standing of abortion, having one is a specialized medical procedure. Essentially, it is healthcare. It is woman care. It is family planning care.

Having an abortion does not make you a bad person. It does not make you a bad woman, mother, sister, daughter, wife, friend, or human being.

Having an abortion is a personal, private choice.

Having access to safe abortion facilities and trained, compassionate doctors and mental health support is imperative to the process.

Having the choice to discontinue a pregnancy is a right all women deserve to have protected.

Do Not Pro-Life Me

Years ago, when I was researching the impact of abortion choices on women for a project, I came across an article written by an administrator at an abortion clinic somewhere in one of those conservative Southern states.

The woman wrote about how the local preacher's wife was the clinic’s biggest picketer and would often spend entire weekends in front of the building with other church members and her daughters. They stood around with signs, chanting at and harassing the women who came for appointments

One Saturday before opening time, the admin heard frantic pounding on the door. She opened it to find the preacher’s wife standing there with her 14-year-old daughter.

The young girl was pregnant and in desperate need of an abortion.

The admin booked them at a discreet time, the doctor performed the procedure without comment, and the nurse's assistant sent the pair on their way with a fist full of pamphlets and after-care instructions.

The very next day, both mother and daughter were back in front of the clinic, vehemently protesting the exact procedure the…

S.J. Elliott

Aspiring story-teller. Ordained coffee connoisseur. I write about processing personal trauma, & my quest to be a better version of myself as a human/woman/wife.