Since the world began, women have not had rights over their own bodies. Our bodies have been manipulated, used, abused, and prostituted for money. For these reasons, I am pro-choice. I am pro-choice because I believe every woman around the world has a right to what occurs on her body; that every woman has a say. That every woman has a choice as to whether she has a pregnancy or whether she has an abortion; the right to work or choose to be a stay at home mother. For me, being pro-choice is about women having the right to choose in all aspects of their lives.
Choice is such a powerful term. And in the year 2010, it is still not something many women have been afforded. In many parts of Africa, a young girl is forced to undergo female genital mutilation. Whether it is a product of culture or not, as some argue, many of these young girls still do not have a choice in these acts occurring on their bodies. Domestically as well as abroad, many women do not have a say in whether or not they enter the labor market or stay home to raise children—oftentimes their decisions have already been made for them. And here in America, given the recent Stupak-Pitts amendment, we have all seen that women seemingly lack choice when it comes to our reproductive rights. I stand here today to say that we need to fight this battle and fight for choice—the choice to pursue everything and anything we desire.
As a proudly fierce pro-choice feminist I charge you to live it and be it. Stand up for what you believe in and never back down. Have no shame! You have many pro-choice allies supporting you and we will continue to fight until we have gained our right to choose. Peace and love y’all.