It is a typical happy family scene, one that Julie probably never envisaged when, aged just 19, she was raped and took the decision to have an abortion.
“I come from a small town in Ohio. All German Catholics, very conservative. So when I found out I was pregnant I panicked. I didn’t know what to do. I knew that I could not have this baby,” she says.
She had been fervently anti-abortion then, but when she got pregnant against her will, her views on the subject changed completely.
Julie says she’s concerned by the current proposed legislation in the US
And, several years later, after an unplanned pregnancy during an emotionally distressing time following her mother’s death, she took the decision to have another abortion.
“My abortions, I have no regrets whatsoever for them,” she says.
“In fact, it’s changed my life. After my first abortion, I had my first examination as a grown woman. I got on birth control. I made yearly appointments for my pap smear and checks. I feel that girls and young women from small, religious communities have a fear or think that they don’t need that.”
Julie says the current spate of anti-abortion legislation introduced across the country worries her.
“I think it’s important for all of us to take a stand and fight for our reproductive rights because, like me, you never know when you are going to be in that position and what you are going to do.”