Ellen Gaddy, the granddaughter of former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, was raised in a conservative family, in the shadow of a man who championed an agenda that included fierce opposition to Roe v. Wade and any effort to compromise on the issue of abortion.
For Gaddy, given the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of the landmark court decision and the rise of anti-abortion legislation in North Carolina, the time was right to take a public stand.
It’s a commitment to support a woman’s “right to choose” she’s carried with her since her college days, she says, even if it means going against her grandfather’s legacy.
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