Stop the abortion bans: Filipina mother shares her story

Nationwide demonstrations being held this week in front of city hall buildings and the Supreme Court. Thousands are protesting the wave of new state laws banning abortion.

But the loud cries coast to coast are muted by this.

“I really wanted to keep my baby and I just don’t know how I would have survived if I didn’t have access to late-term abortion. Late term abortion saved my life, and it allowed me to be a mother,” said Jollene Levid, an L.A. resident.

This was Levid in 2014 and her unborn baby they named Macario. Life-threatening medical complications forced her to terminate the pregnancy at six months.

“They knew that if I had a chance to live a healthy life myself, we had to let go of the baby.”

Levid, a teacher, is raised and surrounded by family members who are Catholic. She knows and lives the complexities this issue present to many in the Filipino community.

“Our extended families on both sides supported me even though their religious beliefs may or may not be aligned with abortion at all. A lot of people talk about pro-life and I hope that also includes a mother’s life.”

The United Nations today also expressed their concerns on the changes that several U.S. States have made restricting access to safe abortion.

“Experience and evidence has shown that complete bans on abortion do not reduce the number of abortions. In fact, they drive them underground, jeopardizing the life, the health and the safety of the women concerned.”

Sixteen states so far this year alone, have either already passed or considering restricting abortion rights.

“I can’t imagine having to face people outside of a clinic protesting me or calling me a murderer or deciding what gets done to my baby, while having to navigate losing a baby and having to terminate a pregnancy. Wanted or unwanted, I do believe that it’s no one’s choice except for mine.”

But women in Missouri will soon have limited choices, joining those in five other states that passed bills prohibiting abortions after just a few weeks of pregnancy. The Missouri governor is expected to sign its measure this week.

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  • Tiago Delmundo
    22 May 2019 at 2:21 am - Reply

    She’s as beautiful as Vice-Ganda, are they related?

  • Mario
    23 May 2019 at 1:17 am - Reply

    The Republican NOT IN FAVOR of Killing Babies (Abortion), The Democrat loves to KILL MORE BABIES(Abortion) more money to be made, they sell the fetus it is called plasenta or stem cell.