A week after the historic decision, small-town America is organized.
200 people marched through Owensboro, Kentucky, past a donut shop and bourbon bar.
They were mostly women furious about losing the right to abortion.
They chanted “keep your rosaries off my ovaries” and “my body, my choice,” but some were motivated by personal pain.
Hadley Duvall was 12 when her abusive stepfather impregnated her; he’s serving 20 years.
She said, “The abuse was long.”
“I’m lucky I only had one pregnancy and had a choice; everyone in that situation should have a choice.”
Hadley, 20, was upset when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade, which gave women the right to abortion.
She was ill.
“My heart broke for the little girl I used to be and for other little girls because it’s real.
“It’s not just in movies. True.
Women should be able to choose what happens to their bodies in all situations, not just trauma.
“We might not make a change this year,” she said, “but I know I’ll never hold my tongue again, even after a change.”
In this vast country, abortion laws are patchwork.
Last Friday, Kentucky stripped away the right to choose, but a judge has temporarily restored it.
In a state where most adults think abortion should be illegal, it’s unlikely to last.
Marjorie FitzGerald, who has worked at EMW for six years, said the changes are especially tragic for poor women who cannot travel to other states for an abortion.
“The closest state for our patients in Illinois, and many can’t take time off work, have childcare and transportation costs, and a waiting period.
Lack of procedure or taking matters into own hands.
Some see an opportunity in Roe v. Wade’s reversal.
Biden is a similar-looking building near EMW.
It’s not an abortion clinic, but one of 2,500 pregnancy resource centers in America.
Many offer free ultrasounds and abortion alternatives. Experts accuse them of giving women false or misleading information to keep them pregnant.
Some BSideU patients are referred to Lifehouse Maternity Home on the outskirts of Louisville.
Rocking chairs on the porch and a children’s playground in the back have increased inquiries by 50% in the past week.
It’s run by evangelical Christians with the church and individual donations.
Its executive director Dolli Neikerk shows off a Bible study room and a vast wardrobe of baby clothes. Dolli celebrated the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“No clump of cells showers, just baby showers,” she said.
I think every pregnant woman knows she’s carrying a baby.
We must help her become a parent or decide to adopt.
Lifehouse Maternity Home has housed pregnant women ages 13 to 38, said Dolli.
I asked if encouraging a 13-year-old to continue a pregnancy after a rape would compound the trauma.
“From our experiences, both babies were adopted by loving families,” she said.
Dolli and marchers In Owensboro, a contentious issue is unlikely to bring the community together.
Abortion in America is polarising, so there will be no equilibrium, only ugly division.