I assumed it was out of shame until I noticed the white supremacist tattoos on his shaved head, neck, forearms and knuckles. As a black woman, I was scared of him. Yet I felt a bond. They had driven several hours from Virginia to avoid the numerous restrictions on abortions there. He was returning from jail. She already had a child and wasn’t ready for another. I knew the feeling well.
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This article was written by Renee Bracey Sherman and originally published in the New York Times. Renee Bracey Sherman is a member of Echoing Ida, a black women’s writing collective, and the senior public affairs manager at the National Network of Abortion Funds.