A womb of one's own

The year 2017 is in full swing and one might think that women’s rights would have been fully recognized by now – but as seen in remarks made by current president Donald Trump and laws being pushed by the Republican-dominated Senate and Congress, women’s rights still have a long way to go. At the forefront of these issues is abortion.

Roe v. Wade was passed by the Supreme Court in 1973, but there are still conservatives out there ready to tear it down, and what’s scary is that they just might be able to now that Republicans control all three branches of our federal government.

According to Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards, the demand for IUDs (an effective form of semi permanent birth control) has gone up 900 percent since the election of Trump. Richards cites the fear of losing out on access to basic women’s health care like birth control under the Trump administration.

In my opinion, it is absolutely ridiculous that we live in a world in which women still have to fight for their right to birth control and abortions, especially when insurance companies are more than willing to cover Viagra. In recent weeks, there has been talk of a bill in Ohio that bans abortions 20 weeks after conception. It was approved by Governor Kasich. The bill goes into effect March 14.

Personally I believe that an abortion after 20 weeks isn’t really a good choice, but what I think of it doesn’t matter unless it’s my body and pregnancy. That’s the thing: it is such a personal choice that I don’t think it should matter what anyone else thinks – especially some old guys making laws who are so far removed from the situation. Abortion laws shouldn’t be evaluated on how ethical an abortion is, but on how far is too far when infringing upon a women’s rights.

I am 100 percent Pro Choice, if you’re Pro Life –good for you! Don’t have an abortion and you’ve done your part! Now stay out of other people’s personal choices, please. There is no need for the government to be involved in issues like abortion.


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