Sarah Thompson made a decision over four decades ago.
“My mother and I went to New York City during the summer of 1971 and I had a surgical abortion,” said Thompson.
Now, she is using her voice to protect women’s reproductive rights.
“What I experienced 40 some odd years ago is what young women and mothers are experiencing now,” said Thompson.
With HB1032 on its way to the state Senate for approval, she worries what is next. State Representative Andy Mayberry will propose the legislation to prohibit a D&E which is a Dilation and Evacuation.
“It’s one where a doctors uses some type of sharp cutting device to literally dismember a living unborn child,” said Mayberry. “This bill is focusing on that unborn child that is being ripped apart.”
Dr. Kristen Jozkowski said this type of abortion is done 14 weeks into pregnancy whereas a large number of abortions are done earlier on. She says women are waiting that long because of a lack of resources.
“You don’t just need to get there, have a consultation. There’s a 48 hour waiting period in Arkansas, so that means you need to come back. So, if you are talking about low income women, who live in rural areas, difficult to get time off of work, to get childcare, they may not be able to make it back before 14 weeks,” said Jozkowski.
Even though Sarah Thompson was able to get her procedure done over 40 years ago, she now wants to speak up for women who may find themselves in a similar position.