November 5, 2015 — In today's clips, an abortion provider talks with MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry about her experience with antiabortion-rights harassment. Elsewhere, Yahoo! News' Katie Couric talks with activist Gloria Steinem on her decision to dedicate her latest book to the physician who helped her access abortion care in the 1950s.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry hears from Diane Horvath-Cosper, an abortion provider who in a Washington Post opinion piece "described one of the costs of her profession: Constant fear that her life, along with her family, might be in danger." Horvath-Cosper penned the opinion piece after discovering an antiabortion-rights website had posted a photo of her that includes her daughter, which Horvath-Cosper says "really crossed a line for me."
When asked about how antiabortion-rights harassment affects her decision to provide abortion care, Horvath-Cosper says, "I know that what I do is the right thing for women; women will get abortions whether or not ... they're legal." She adds, "[M]y response to bullies is to continue to provide this service, to continue to help women understand that what they're having is a very normative experience, and that I'll be there for them no matter what" (Harris-Perry, MSNBC, 11/1).
In an interview with Yahoo! News Global Anchor Katie Couric, feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem discusses her decision to dedicate her latest book, "My Life on the Road," to John Sharp, a physician who helped Steinem access abortion care in 1957.
Steinem explains the motivation behind her decision, noting that "most change ... comes from telling the truth." Noting that attitudes toward LGBT individuals changed "because people have told the truth about their lives," Steinem states, "One in three American women has needed an abortion at some time in her life. If we were open about and talked about it, it would help enormously to explain how important it is" (Couric, Yahoo! News, 10/26).