"Nothing made me more pro-choice than being a parent. To force someone to be a parent against their will when we know how hard it is already for people who want to be parents is just wrong.
Before I had my abortion, I think like most Americans, I had presumed that should I ever face that decision, that service would be available to me -- and it was. And like most Americans, I was grateful it was available to me -- and then I moved on.
I didn't become an activist around reproductive rights as a result of my own abortion, but because doing human rights work around the world showed me that when women have access to family planning and can have a seat at the table, we can have change -- and for the better. Forcing women to have children against their will became synonymous to me with the idea of patriarchy, someone saying that I would always be lesser than."
"NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue Shares Her Abortion Story," teenvogue.com, Jan. 17, 2017