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Meet the Woman Running on Her Agonizing Abortion Story—in Alabama

Marilyn Lands is running in a special election for an Alabama state House seat—and she’s built her campaign around her own painful story.

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Clinic escorts shield the identity of a woman from anti-abortion protesters entering the Reproductive Health Services building in Montgomery, Alabama, on May 20, 2019.

Donald Trump just announced that he’s likely to campaign for the presidency on a promise of a 15-week abortion ban, even as political commentators are wondering whether reproductive rights will be as salient this fall as they were in 2022 and 2023. An interesting test looms in Alabama, where Marilyn Lands is running for a state House seat in a special election set for March 26—a campaign that Lands has made about her own agonizing abortion story. We talked to Lands about what she’s hearing on the ground and how voters are reacting to her personal journey.