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Opinion: For many Americans, this election is different. It’s personal

A teacher at a community college in Texas working, in her words, “in an environment that feels more and more like a prison.” A lawyer from Massachusetts whose pregnant girlfriend got an abortion many decades ago and now — on the flip side of the separate, successful lives they both went on to live — says the “thought of women of reproductive age being forced to birth an unwanted child into almost inevitable poverty and abuse by an uncaring government is not a part of my vision of what America is about.” A New Yorker who after losing her father to Covid is still most afraid of gun violence: “The violence is everywhere and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before I’m a victim. I’ve always had street smarts, but that’s not enough these days.”

A teacher at a community college in Texas working, in her words, “in an environment that feels more and more like a prison.” A lawyer from Massachusetts whose pregnant girlfriend got an abortion many decades ago and now — on the flip side of the separate, successful lives they both went on to live — says the “thought of women of reproductive age being forced to birth an unwanted child into almost inevitable poverty and abuse by an uncaring government is not a part of my vision of what America is about.” A New Yorker who after losing her father to Covid is still most afraid of gun violence: “The violence is everywhere and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before I’m a victim. I’ve always had street smarts, but that’s not enough these days.”

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