Fighting for the rights of women

Loretta Ross’s life has been spent campaigning for civil rights, a journey that was sparked when she decided to keep the baby born to her through rape

20th February, 2010

Loretta Ross became pregnant by her 27year-old cousin when she was 15-years-old.

Forty-five years later, Texas-born Ross tells calmly how her cousin ‘‘decided that it would be a lark to have sex with me’’ while he was babysitting her one day.

Crucially, the occurrence was pre-Roe v Wade - the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion in the United States - meaning Ross had no choice but to have the baby.

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