“I don’t believe in forced motherhood! My body belongs to me – NOT the church, government, mosque etc. Quit imposing your religious beliefs on me. Abortion is not a black + white issue – it has many variables. I rather leave that decision to the person whom it directly affects. It’s a very difficult decision for a woman. I was born and raised in Karachi-Pakistan in an ISLAMIC society. I was raped, married, divorced at 18 and was forced to have an abortion at the same age. I had no freedom – I was a puppet!”
Jersey City, NJ 2008
Quoted words transcribed as written by participant.