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On Monday, May 2, Politico reported on a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that, if made official, would overturn Roe v. Wade. The news left many Americans struggling to process how such a decision could impact their lives. On Tuesday, as people were processing, we went to work.

Here at Radio Milwaukee, we grappled with what this means. That same day, our episode was about the Pregnancy Pandemic Project, celebrating parents and retelling birth stories. Later that week, Milwaukeeans took over the streets to protest to protect a women's right to choose to be pregnant.

The decision of Roe v. Wade is incredibly divisive. But one thing we know from the current breaking news and the pandemic pregnancy stories we'll continue to share is that parenting — and pregnancy — is hard. Giving birth and being a mother is tough. It's scary. It's being brave when you're terrified. It's blood, sweat and milk-stained shirts. That's the messy truth.

Last week, we shared three monologues of women anonymously sharing their stories of being pregnant during the pandemic, but — because motherhood is not a monolith — that's simply not enough. So we're back with a few more.

Audio Storyteller | Radio Milwaukee