Gloria Steinem Dedicated Her Book To The Doctor Who Helped Her Get An Illegal Abortion

Bad ass feminist icon and forever girl crush Gloria Steinem has a new book out called My Life On The Roadwhich is no doubt a must-read from start to finish. And from the jump, the book is inspiring, as Steinem dedicates it to the doctor who helped her get an abortion in 1957, before Roe vs. Wade legalized the procedure and gave women the right to choose. Here it is transcribed:

Dr. John Sharpe of London, who in 1957, a decade before physicians in England could legally perform an abortion for any reason other than the health of the woman, took the considerable risk of referring for an abortion a twenty-two-year-old American on her way to India.

Knowing that she had broken an engagement at home to seek an unknown fate, he said, “You must promise me two things. First, you will not tell anyone my name. Second, you will do what you want to do with your life.”

Dear Dr. Sharpe, I believe you, who knew the law was unjust, would not mind if I say this so long after your death: I’ve done the best I could with my life.

This book is for you.

Sixty years later, conservative politicians are still doing whatever they can to chip away at a woman’s right to choose, making Steinem’s tribute to her doctor all the more moving. What a great man and what a great woman, indeed. [Amazon]