Advocates on Both Sides of Abortion Debate Call for Action – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
While news of the landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade fell, Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa was overwhelmed with emotion in a decision the anti-abortion lawyer sees as a step in the right direction, but also a step too soon.
“It was such a mix of conflicting feelings,” Herndon-De La Rosa said. “I believe in protecting the unborn child in the womb 100%. But at the same time, from a practical standpoint, we don’t have the systems in place, the safety nets, to support women and children as we should. We don’t just want them to survive, we want them to thrive.”
An unplanned child herself, Herndon-De La Rosa had her own unexpected pregnancy at age 16. She chose life, in part because of a strong support system.
She then founded New Wave Feminists to do the same for others, advocating for a life without violence from the belly to the grave.
“It’s been optional for us for the past 49 years to step in, to help women, and there are a lot of wonderful boots on the ground, people, small organizations that have done this work. But unfortunately, it’s not enough. I mean, we need much, much more accommodation for women to be truly fair in a society that doesn’t allow abortion as an option,” she said.
At Texas Woman’s University, where students protested Friday’s decision, director of women’s studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham couldn’t help but reflect on the history she teaches.
“I never thought this country would take a step back to this particular society where women were considered second-class citizens,” Phillips-Cunningham said.
It’s a decision she says will hurt some women more than others.
“Texas is one of the states in the country with the highest maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in the country, and the women who mainly suffer from it are black and Latino women, poor women, women from the working class, even some of the middle class. women,” she said. “As the President mentioned earlier, women can travel to other states where abortion is not banned to obtain abortion services, but it costs money. It takes time. about your job.Many women work in jobs that don’t allow them as much free time.
She encourages those disappointed by today’s decision to make their voices heard.
“I would really like young people to understand how much voting really means,” Phillips-Cunningham said.
Meanwhile, Herndon-De La Rosa reminds those who fought for the abortion ban that there is still work to be done.
“I think that’s where people who have these pro-life beliefs, you have to step in. We have to be there to fill that void because there are a lot of women who are going to be in desperate need now in the future, ” she says.