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Survivor of sexual assault to campaign for abortion rights with first lady Jill Biden


Hadley Duvall, a 22-year-old woman from Owensboro, Kentucky, will join first lady Jill Biden in Pennsylvania this weekend to campaign for abortion rights as part of the 2024 election push.
Duvall became an advocate for abortion rights after being raped by her stepfather at the age of 12, which resulted in a pregnancy and miscarriage. Her stepfather was convicted of rape and is currently serving time in prison.
Last fall, Duvall shared her story in a campaign ad for the Kentucky governor’s race, highlighting the consequences of abortion restrictions, especially those without exceptions for rape or incest.
In the ad supporting Democratic governor Andy Beshear, Duvall called out the anti-abortion Republican candidate, stating, “anyone who believes there should be no exceptions for rape and incest could never understand what it’s like to stand in my shoes.” Beshear’s reelection victory was attributed, in part, to Duvall’s ad, which resonated with rural, male voters who had previously supported Republican Donald Trump for president.
Duvall will appear with Jill Biden at a rally in Pittsburgh on Sunday as part of President Joe Biden’s effort to motivate voters on abortion rights. The first lady will also hold an event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on the same day.
The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade on June 24, 2022, has led to abortion bans in roughly half the states, with 10 states having no exceptions for rape or incest. These bans have far-reaching consequences beyond restricting access to those seeking to end unwanted pregnancies.
The Pennsylvania events are part of a larger campaign push by the Biden administration around the anniversary of the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. The campaign includes more than 35 events across the country, featuring women and doctors who have been deeply affected by the fall of Roe.
(TOI does not normally identify sexual assault victims, but Duvall chose to be identified and has spoken out publicly about her experience)

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