My Body, My Choice: When others’ beliefs interfere with WOMEN’S RIGHTS!
Right now we live in a time where we should be past fighting for basic human rights, and we have evolved in so many ways. One question remains: WHY are we still so behind the times when it comes to WOMEN’S RIGHTS?
We have been fighting ROE vs WADE, which became a: “Landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court (1973)... it ruled to protect a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restrictions.”
So why are states that are not PRO-CHOICE able to overturn rule of our amended rights? These states are able to investigate a woman’s stillborn birth to confirm that it was indeed that, and not an attempted abortion.
Imagine a woman dealing with a miscarriage. Now imagine how this investigation made her sit in the hospital while they proceeded to come to the conclusion that this miscarriage was caused by toxoplasmosis in her system. (A disease that results from infection with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite.
Toxoplasmosis results from infection with a common parasite found in cat feces and contaminated food. It can cause serious complications for pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.)
Not only was this woman in psychical danger, imagine the emotional and mental trauma of losing your expected child and still having that baby dead inside of your body! Then, not letting you put your unborn to rest, all because of a refused, medically needed DNC - (Dilation and curettage refers to the dilation of the cervix and surgical removal of part of the lining of the uterus and/or contents of the uterus by scraping and scooping. It is a therapeutic gynecological procedure as well as the most often used method of first trimester miscarriage or abortion) - due to your rights being violated as a woman.
The following link is from the NEW YORK TIMES and answers so many questions from the mid 1970s:
The Tradgedy: Could this have been avoided?
Let us fast forward to me, a young newly graduated high school student attending college. I jumped on what seemed to be an unofficial acceptance of womanhood by watching OPRAH daily and gossiping. I still remember watching an episode and how much it affected me at the time. I even wrote a paper about it for my class.
On this show, there was young woman who was a few years behind myself. She was the teenage dream, a cheerleader dating the football player - and also engaging in sexual activity. Fast forward to when Jessica found out she was pregnant. She started trying to hide the pregnancy. She even started having her boyfriend stand on her stomach when she started to show. (This turned my stomach so immensely, and still does.)
Her family never noticed her increasing in size. As she ate at the dinner table and felt contractions, she concealed a knife and went into the bathroom in her room and gave birth to the baby. Once delivered she stabbed the newborn who she described as “deformed.” Then she took the corpse of the newborn and placed it in a duffel bag in her closet. I don’t recall how much time was remaining before she took the duffel bag and dumped it into the ravine with cinderblock and her then-boyfriend assisted. She showed no remorse when she was interviewed by Oprah. The link is listed below. And I feel as though many of you may be assuming right now the social economic factor of this individual. She is Caucasian and from an upper class family. FACT: NO! None of that weighs in on this story!
WE HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY & TO PROTECT OUR BODIES
It is important for people who are naive to the situation that certain sociology is applied with these situations. However….media and overly self-acclaimed PRO-RIGHTS activists don’t look at upper class environments. Society seems to focus on the “statics” of the barrio, and lower economic backgrounds and woman who come from them, young and older. Black, Hispanic, Asian and Caucasian.
Therefore places like Planned Parenthood Exist.
This is so that there are no more CLOTHES HANGER ABORTIONS in back alleys. Your opinion, choices and religious beliefs may not match those who are going through with one of the hardest decisions they will ever make and live with for the rest of their life.
Remember, the heckling and bullying can lead to suicide. These PRO-LIFE states are implementing that if a CHILD is raped and conceives a child, she will have to birth A CHILD. That if the parents live in Florida, they can choose to marry their child to the predator - it is legal and that is okay! WHY are we not saving these children?
This link gives some statistics for the age that some girls/woman can start to have children.
Technically, women can get pregnant and bear children from puberty, when they start getting their menstrual period, to menopause, when they stop getting it. The average woman's reproductive years are between ages 12 and 51. One study pinpointed the ideal age to give birth to a first child as 30.
However Lina Medina was just 5 years old when she got pregnant. She was raped by her father. 5 years old! So if you look at a 5 year old child in the store, remember that you don’t know that child’s life; if they are being sexually abused, if they are ovulating... Keep in the back of your mind that this has happened. This is a very real story.
I used to be PRO-LIFE now I am PRO-CHOICE. Because if medically necessary, if it was rape,or even if it is by choice because they are not ready and they don’t want to have a coat hanger abortion... it reduces the chance of someone throwing a child out like trash, or abusing it. Let these woman have their rights! I, in the same sentence, will also say I do not think abortion should be used as a form of birth control for woman who are getting pregnant and getting abortions every several months or years. I have met a few of woman like that.
WE should be educating our youth in school on contraception and counseling if they or someone they love are being sexually abused or have been raped. Because this is not their fault.
The link below has more information for reporting and help.
We where talking about this in the 90s and we still haven’t made much progress in almost over 20 years.
“SIRI, play TUPAC: Brendas Baby.”