My Reproductive Choices Are Not About You – The Minnesota Daily
The government should not have the right to decide if I have a child.
Last fall, I wrote a column called “Let’s not forget about family planning.” The article discussed efforts to fund Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides women with services such as abortion and access to various birth control methods and how these efforts would impact lives. women across the country. Additionally, Planned Parenthood offers STD tests and breast exams, which in my opinion is not discussed enough in conversations on Planned Parenthood. If funded, it will become much more difficult for women to choose whether or not to have children.
In recent months, efforts have been made not only to fund nonprofits like Planned Parenthood, but also to eliminate women’s choice to abort. In May of this year, the Supreme Court announced it would review a Mississippi law that would undermine Roe v. Wade, the decision that guarantees the right of women to choose an abortion. The law, which would ban almost all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, is a grim reminder that there are individuals who are steadfast in their efforts to put the fetus ahead of the women who would be the ones who would face the consequences of pregnancy. an unwanted pregnancy.
During Trump’s presidency, he claimed that the overthrow of Roe v. Wade was a priority and was a factor in the new Supreme Court justices he chose: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. These judges maintain conservative ideologies and have expressed anti-Roe rhetoric, further endangering the choice to have an abortion.
I’m really sick of people trying to stop women from choosing to have children. I am of the opinion that it is nobody’s business what a woman wants to do with her body and that some people’s obsession with “protecting life” is just a clever pretext to undermine women’s freedom. I realize that this feeling will upset some people, but frankly, I don’t care. Plus, I’m especially disappointed with women looking to overthrow Roe v. Wade. If you don’t want to have an abortion, then don’t abort, but don’t project your own ideologies onto other women.
Likewise, I believe that individuals should not project their religious beliefs onto women who have the legal right to make decisions about their own bodies. As someone who was raised in the Catholic religion (but no longer practicing) and even attended a Catholic school, I have encountered many who vehemently opposed Roe v. Wade and, more specifically, to Planned Parenthood. It was implied with varying degrees of subtlety that Planned Parenthood was an evil, atheist organization whose main purpose was to be “baby killers”, regardless of women who did not want to become mothers.
Living in fear that my right not to have children will be taken away is terrifying. Hopefully Roe will stand, but at this point the fact that the Supreme Court is even reviewing Mississippi law could become a slippery slope from which more anti-abortion legislation could become a reality. It seems dystopian and extremely unfair.
If you’re like me and are also worried about this happening, consider donating to Planned Parenthood.