Miles and years away, last spring I visited one of the Planned Parenthood clinics in New York. Before security escorted me in, I was briefly harassed by the 2 or 3 protesters standing outside in the rain. They screamed at me, “Are you interested in alternative information?” Eleven years after I lent money for an abortion, I knew better than to engage with “pro-life" people. Maybe I should have told them that the only alternative options I am interested in are birth control, sexual education and free healthcare. If these are not available, then there must be a law allowing abortion. Laws on abortion exist because abortion exists, not the other way around. I wish my friend and all women, whether in the DR, Alabama, or Italy had that option.