Gloria Steinem reflects on the draft majority opinion leak, democratic backsliding and her life in the public eye.
By Lauren Jackson, NYT
May 13, 2022
It was a baptism, of sorts. On a March night in 1969, Gloria Steinem entered Washington Square United Methodist Church as a reporter. For a few hours, she listened to women stand up in the church basement and speak the most radical thing they could: the truth about their bodies, their pregnancies and their abortions.
It was years before Roe v. Wade would make abortion access a right. And in a dim room, in what historians say was very likely the first public forum of its kind in American history, these women were outing themselves as criminals.