Your body, your choice. My body, MY choice.


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Marches for women’s rights occurred last month as a protest against the abortion ban in Texas.

By now most people have heard about the Texas abortion ban that made every part of getting an abortion illegal, all the way to holding an Uber driver accountable for driving a woman to an abortion clinic. The disregard for biological women’s rights is astonishing, to say the least.

Currently, the landmark case that legalized abortion in 1973, Roe v. Wade is getting close to being overturned. My feelings toward this are going between anger and sadness as the future of some women will become questionable. Abortion is not just about terminating a pregnancy because a woman does not want a child, sometimes abortion is necessary.

In many cases, becoming pregnant or giving birth will literally kill the woman for a wide range of reasons. An abortion could be important for both the mother and the child. For some fetuses, development may not occur correctly which will result in the death of the child. There are multiple cases of a woman carrying a child for nine months even though they know it will not survive long after birth. This could be traumatizing for the woman as she is forced to carry a child and continue growing and knowing they will not have their child for more than a few hours or days.

Even if someone gets an abortion because they want to terminate a pregnancy, why is it anyone else’s business? This is a question I have been asking for years and have never gotten a good enough answer. Most people will claim they are looking out for the unborn child. Again, why do they care about an unborn child?

They do not care for the millions of children in foster care or the children that are homeless or children living in poverty. Having a child is extremely expensive and if someone is already living in poverty, why would they want to force a child to live in those same conditions?

The worst part is that some of the same people that are against abortions are also judgemental towards government assistance and want to take it away from families. For those people living in poverty, government assistance is the only way children get the nutrients they need, so if they care so much about the wellbeing of children, why take away their only source of food?

Sometimes people are just not ready for the responsibility of raising a child and that is why they are getting an abortion. So what? Making them raise a child as a consequence of their action is just setting up the child for future anguish. Having a child as a consequence for their action is absurd since their action is sex. Sex is part of being human and shouldn’t be shamed or considered a reason to be punished.

Birth control and condoms are convenient ways to decrease the chances of getting pregnant but they will never be 100% effective and pregnancies can and do happen even when taking precautions. People shouldn’t be forced to do what they do not want to do, like raising a child. I do not believe in late-term abortions unless medically necessary but for the first few months, an embryo growing in the uterus is not even considered a fetus until about 10 weeks after a missed menstrual period.

I could keep going on why I believe in a woman’s right to choose what happens to their body. I have been yelling about it since I learned that women do not have full rights over their bodies, which was about a decade ago. I will never stop yelling about it. Why would I? I am an adult woman who could lose my rights to my own body. People like me should be terrified and angry about abortion bans and the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

This is not even about access to abortions, this is about giving women a choice. You could be against abortion but why be against a woman’s right to choose? How does a random person’s body affect you? It does not. Plain and simple, you are not affected by strangers’ choices and you never will be, just remember that.