A hush fell over the crowd gathered to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in downtown Chapel Hill's Peace and Justice Plaza on Saturday as Chapel Hill Town Council member Camille Berry shared the story of her pregnancy in 1993.
The pregnancy was Berry’s second, just two years after the birth of her first child.
After multiple visits to the doctor with her husband, the doctor concluded she was experiencing a life-threatening miscarriage. The doctor recommended that she seriously consider having an abortion.
“So we went home, and we cried,” she said.
Over the next few weeks and after much thought, Berry and her husband decided to have an abortion.
Because Berry and her family were in the midst of moving to Nashville, Tennessee, when she had to make the decision, she was unable to see her doctor before leaving.
Berry said she could not find a doctor who would perform the procedure in Nashville, so she went to Planned Parenthood with her husband and her daughter.
“As I was sitting in the waiting room, I questioned again, 'Why was I doing this?’,” she said. “I was doing it because there was a huge risk that I was not willing to take. There was a risk of life. Yes, there were two lives, but there were two others as well. If something happened to me, imagine my partner and our small child.”
Berry was one of many speakers who shared their experiences at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP’s rally to protect women’s rights. The event was held 24 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that ended nearly half a century of the constitutional right to an abortion.