A group of veterans, myself included, spent a week on the border of Mexico and the U.S. at the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. While there, I saw some of the most beautiful sights and some of the most heartbreaking. The National Butterfly Center is a place that children and adults (who the locals call “winter Texans”) alike come to see birds and butterflies. It is educational and really fun. Trump’s wall is supposed to go right through the center and destroy a huge part of that ecosystem. Future generations will never be able to enjoy the beauty and education the center provides if the wall goes up.
I work in the reproductive rights field. Every day my colleagues and I work to destigmatize abortion and encourage people to be open and honest about their own abortion stories. One of the most compelling things we discuss is that most pregnancies are terminated at around 7 weeks. As a matter of fact, that’s when I had my abortion. At 7 weeks along, whatever was hanging out in my uterus was itty bitty and looked nothing like a baby, as the anti-choice movement wants people to believe.