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That's My Issue: Reproductive rights

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Anti-abortion and pro-choice demonstrators argue in front of the Supreme Court during the March for Life January 24, 2011 in Washington, DC. The annual march marks the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the court that made abortion legal in the United States.

This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 


My name is Rhianon, and I pay attention to a lot of the issues, but I would say that one that is an absolute deal-breaker for me as a woman is women’s rights and reproductive rights. 

Just having been lucky enough to grow up in a family where it was always really supported that I was absolutely equal, that I have sovereign rights over my body the same way any other person should.

It affected the way that I feel about these things. 

I have friends who have had difficult situations who maybe something came up. I’ve had friends who couldn’t get birth control because they grew up in really religious or conservative families and groups like Planned Parenthood were there for them.

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That's My Issue: The Environment

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A woman stands amongst a grove of a Giant Sequoia trees in the Sequoia National Park in Central California on October 11, 2009.

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My name is Alex, I’m from Los Angeles, and the most important issue to me is the environment. 

And at this debate, I was a little disappointed. One, because it’s limited to the two big parties. We didn’t see Jill Stein and we didn’t see, is it Gary Johnson, is that the Libertarian? So, we didn’t get to see those alternative opinions, really.

The moderator didn’t ask any questions that dealt with the ecological health of the country, of the world, didn’t deal with climate change, anything like that, so that was disappointing for me.

There was a little bit of green jobs, green fuels, but it was more just like a ribbing point for Romney.

That's My Issue: It affects all of us at the level of our bodies by KPCC

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That's My Issue: Choice

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A sheet of voter stickers is seen inside Fire Station 38, as people go to the polls for a special election called by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to decide on statewide budget-balancing ballot propositions on May 19, 2009 in Pasadena, California.

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When I was 15, I attended a NOW (National Organization for Women) rally with my aunt. I remember thinking, "I don't know what I would do, but I would at least want the choice."

When I became pregnant with my first child at 28, happiness tuned into shock, then into elation at 16 weeks when we found out we were having twins.

Well, between 16 and 22 weeks, elation turned into a roller coaster of emotions when I found out my twins had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. We were faced with the agonizing decision of bringing two lives into this world that were very likely to have profound disabilities.

We did hours upon hours of research. My husband and I made what I call the easiest/hardest decision of my life: I terminated my pregnancy at 22 weeks gestation.

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