I shouldn’t be blogging tonight, being that I have a midterm in the morning and a test on Wednesday and project due Thursday and a paper due …. Okay, I’ll save you the gory details. Point is, I saw this picture and couldn’t help but think, “gee, we certainly don’t want the right to choose to go away.”
But you know what? The right to have an abortion is being efficiently chipped away, one local law at a time; one legislative session at a time.
The laws that have passed in the previous two years alone have set back abortion rights to levels that American women have never seen. Although it is still technically a constitutional right for women to obtain this legal medical service within the privacy of their physician’s office, anti-choice activism, money, support, and laws surrounding abortion have made it more difficult than ever to actually obtain an abortion.
What anti-choice actions am I talking about? Well, for starters: Waiting periods; fetal pain laws; religious harassment on account of the “unborn”; slut shaming; political posturing; laws, both federal and state/local banning medicaid from funding this legal medical procedure; mandatory ultrasounds; states rescinding funds; rising costs; and lack of access as more and more clinics are shutting down, particularly in rural areas.
If not one of these links make you mad, makes you think your right to make reproductive decisions for yourself or ability to obtain a legal medical procedure is jeopardized, then perhaps you should remove your head from the sand.
During these midterm elections, it is easy to say that we’ll just get involved next time, maybe when there is a President to elect. But many of the popular and media-darling candidates on this year’s tickets across the country are radically against abortion, women’s rights, and a woman’s right to chose. Find out (from Planned Parenthood or NARAL) which candidate this is in your district or state and DO NOT VOTE for her/him.
In order to keep what little reproductive rights women have today, we must vote and vote for the candidate that supports our right to chose.