She Said It: Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai (photo: Antonio Cruz/Agencia Brasil)
Wangari Maathai (photo: Antonio Cruz/Agencia Brasil)

“There is no reason why anybody who has been conceived, shouldn’t be given the opportunity to be born and to live a happy life. The fact that a life like that is terminated, is wrong. When we allow abortion, we are punishing the women…. and we are punishing the children whose life is terminated…. I want us to step back a little bit and say: Why is this woman and this child threatened? Why is this woman threatening to terminate this life? What do we need to do as a society? What are we not doing right now as a society?”

~~~ Wangari Maathai, Winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, as quoted in



Author: Ellen Kolb

New Hampshire-based writer, activist, hiker.