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A Chinese adoptee's response to abortion restrictions

Jordan Miner

[Image description: To the left side, Jordan stands outside in a red coat. To the right, is a large white box on a gray background. Small text in the box reads "A Chinese adoptee's response to recent abortion restrictions." Under that in large letters it says "My mom always told me that I was given up because I would have a better life with more freedom in the United States than I would have had in China." Jordan Miner is written in small text at the bottom.]
A Chinese adoptee's response to recent abortion restrictions

In response to the ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women's Health:

"My mom always told me that I was given up because I would have a better life with more freedom in the United States than I would have had in China."

This overturning is horrifying, and I feel like I’m still processing it. Growing up, my mom always told me that I was given up because I would have a better life with more freedom in the United States than I would have had in China. This includes reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, something women in China did not have when I was born.


Even if that claim is only partially true, it’s disheartening to think that states in the United States are so eager and willing to repeal a woman’s right to bodily autonomy -- a right that I didn’t have in China and now may not have in the United States' future. It’s just sad to think that we all escaped a country with a government that told women what to do with their bodies only to end up in another that leaves it up to the states to feel entitled to our bodies.


 

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[Image description: To the left side, Jordan stands outside in a red coat. To the right, is a large white box on a gray background. Small text in the box reads "A Chinese adoptee's response to recent abortion restrictions." Under that in large letters it says "My mom always told me that I was given up because I would have a better life with more freedom in the United States than I would have had in China." Jordan Miner is written in small text at the bottom.]


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