“There is always a little bit of fear. I was in my 30s, starting a new career and in many ways what I did before did not matter,” she said. “But it was almost like I had no choice because the alternative was not a real option. It would mean I would not live up to who I knew I would be.”

Bannan, who lives in New York, graduated from law school in 2011 and began clerking for a federal judge. She recently passed her bar exam and is waiting acceptance. But come September, she has a job lined at the Center for Reproductive Rights working on domestic litigation in abortion defense, maternal mortality and women’s access to healthcare.