When I was pregnant with my son, I was left without a fair choice. I worked at a small non-profit in Washington, DC—the most expensive city for childcare. I had to decide whether to go against the advice of healthcare professionals and go back to work soon after giving birth, or quit my job to give myself time to recover and ensure my newborn’s health and well being. Not having access to paid leave became a financial burden that my family is still recovering from. And yet, my family was fortunate enough to be able to temporarily get by on my partner’s income alone. For many families in America, this is simply not an option.
I support NARAL because NARAL champions protecting choice at every stage of a woman’s reproductive life—something I felt so denied when I was weighing my options for postpartum recovery and newborn care. We must empower women to make the best decisions for themselves and their families when it comes to their reproductive freedom by giving them information and options.This means expanding access to paid parental leave, as much as it means protecting women from pregnancy discrimination and expanding access to safe, compassionate abortion services and to affordable contraception. My faith and its commitment to social justice reinforces my commitment to NARAL’s critical advocacy work.