Rebecca is my cousin on my mother's side; my late mother's maiden name was Gomperts. Like my late uncle, Rebecca is a doctor. However, she is much more than that. Although Rebecca now lives in Holland (she was born and grew up in Suriname, as my mother did, and where I went to kindergarten when my mother's sister was dying), she is now a world-wide champion of women's reproductive rights. Below is a brief trailer of a film dedicated to her efforts, entitled, "Vessel"



Rebecca's group recently launched a successful project known as Abortion Drones to bring medication abortion to the women of Poland. You can read more about that HERE and HERE.

If you are interested in Rebecca's work, check out http://www.womenonwaves.org/  and
 
https://www.womenonweb.org/


In other related news, on June 29th, the Supreme Court blocked abortion restrictions (HB2)  that would otherwise devastate safe, legal access in Texas.  This is a strong indication that the court will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case in 25 years. 
As someone  remarked, "It's fitting that SCOTUS intervened today, on the 23rd anniversary of Planned Parenthood v Casey, the landmark case that "reaffirmed" Roe v Wade". Read the response from the Center for Reproductive Rights HERE.

The court won't make that decision until October, at the earliest. Reviewing the law would essentially require the justices to either affirm the constitutional right to an abortion — or potentially dismantle it. Interestingly, there is a hint of where Justice Kennedy stands on this issue, not just regarding his June 29th ruling, but in his ruling regarding marriage equality. Read more about that HERE.