'I was grateful': Congresswoman Gwen Moore shares her abortion story, stance on efforts to overturn of Roe v. Wade
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore shared her personal experience with abortion with CBS 58. Moore has called the experience traumatizing, but believes a woman's body is her choice.
She was 19 years old, and mother to a young daughter when she decided to have an abortion in the early 1970s.
"I had no, obviously, occupational for the work world and when I became pregnant the second time I was desperate for an abortion," Moore said.
Wisconsin law prohibited her from having the procedure, but through her network she was able to travel to New York and have it done.
"I had a network of white feminists, middle class women that I could reach out to and I was sent to what was then the Women's Fund, and never thought for one second that I did something that was wrong for me or my family," she explained.
The mother of three said it was eight years later when she had her second child.
Moore pointed to lack of resources, support and access as barriers for many other women and families.
She said the ability to control family size also impacts financial stability.
"I just think this is a chilling court decision that will roll us back into the darkest of dark ages," she said.
Moore believes reversing Roe v. Wade could change access to birth control and violate other Ninth Amendment rights -- such as the right to marriage.
"Democracy does work. To protest, to call up our senators and let them know that they are on notice, that we're watching. We're going to mobilize voters because this is something we've taken for granted," she said.
A majority of Republicans support overturning Roe, nationwide. But in Wisconsin, as long as Governor Tony Evers is in office, he can reject GOP lawmakers from passing more restrictive abortion laws.
Right now, Republicans don't have enough votes to override the governor's veto.