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Amanda Zurawski, who was denied abortion care in Texas, talks about the growing fight for abortion rights

Abortion restrictions and bans enacted in many states have created very real and frightening problems for many women. One of them is Amanda Zurawski from Austin, Texas.

At the end of 2022, she became pregnant after 18 months of fertility treatment. Complications led to a miscarriage. But because of Texas law, she was denied abortion care. She later went into septic shock and almost died twice.

Zurawski is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against Texas that the Supreme Court has promised to decide next month.

She has shared her story with lawmakers, in a Biden campaign ad and today in Michigan as the Biden campaign focuses on reproductive rights.

Zurawski spoke with Scripps News about sharing her story and working to reach women and voters in battleground states like Michigan.

“It’s really important to share stories like mine and those of so many others in this country because it helps put a face to the trauma, grief and damage being done to pregnant people in this country,” Zurawski said . “We know Michigan is a battleground state. We know Michiganders are pro-choice, we know they support abortion access. And so we’re here encouraging them to keep fighting and ultimately get to the polls in November.”

Abortion is intensely personal and increasingly political

“The story you hear from me and so many other women sounds extreme, but unfortunately it is not,” Zurawski said. ‘And as we campaign, we hear again and again from people who have experienced something similar, or know someone who has, or are afraid they are going to. And this is the story of so many of us who suffer because of the policies that Donald Trump supports.”

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The Texas Supreme Court case is just one battle

“I think ultimately we expect that people in Texas and beyond will be really motivated by this issue and by what’s going on not just in Texas but across the country,” Zurawski said. “There are 22 of us in my lawsuit, but we represent a very, very small portion of the people who have been harmed, and who will continue to be harmed, if we don’t solve this problem and don’t show up and President Biden and Vice President re-elect. Harris in November.”