A woman who obtained an abortion as a teenager urged the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday not to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
Abortion advocate Crystal Good spoke virtually to the committee during the fourth day of Barrett’s confirmation hearings where she shared how she obtained an abortion at age 16. Good described herself as a writer-poet, small business owner, advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, and a “proud mother of three brilliant children.”
“Who I am today is only possible because at 16 years old, I had access to an abortion,” she said. (RELATED: Here’s Amy Coney Barrett’s Advice For Young Women)
Good said she was sexually abused by her white stepfather, who was reportedly not convicted until 2012, “more than 30 years” after he began abusing Good.
“When I told the grown folks in my life, they did not believe me at first, and then refused to hold my views accountable once the truth was out,” she said. “At 16, while in a relationship that brought me joy and made me feel safe, I, like 2.7 million Americans a year, had an unintended pregnancy. Immediately I knew I wanted an abortion, a