Stop fucking with my womb

I am lucky.

I am lucky I’ve had health insurance since I was born.

I am lucky that my health insurance has always covered my preferred method of birth control.

I am lucky I live in a state controlled by liberals, and that if I needed it, I could easily access my local Planned Parenthood without worrying about whether they had funding.

The women of Ohio are not so lucky.

This news comes on the heels of Wendy Davis’ filibuster to block an anti-abortion bill in the state of Texas, and before another bill was introduced in North Carolina restricting reproductive rights even more than it already does.

When I first read Rachel Maddow’s blog post, my mouth dropped open. Some of that shit cannot possibly be legal. Requiring medically unnecessary ultrasounds for legal abortions? Restricting rape crisis counselors from providing victims with full information on all of their available options? I hope some woman has the guts to stand up and say this isn’t right, and files a law suit.

Women have come so far. We still don’t receive equal pay for equal work, but we had a viable, and respected, candidate for president. Women run large corporations. We have more independence than we’ve ever had. And these lawmakers are chipping away at what we’ve worked for, little by little.

Look at the people surrounding Ohio governor John Kasich. They’re all men. White men, at that. My friend Mag’s comment:

“Now everyone, be sure to grab your souvenir pencil and unnecessary ultrasound before leaving the ridiculous signing presentation.”

Roe versus Wade gave me a choice. I hope I never have to exercise that choice, but knowing it’s there gives me a sense of security. I have options. I am fully in control of my future. These politicians are trying to legislate away my rights to make decisions about my own body.

I am lucky I’ve never had to make that choice. I am lucky that if I had to, I could make that choice.

Because that’s what it is. It’s a choice.

It is my choice to utilize birth control because I don’t want a child. And should that birth control fail (and let’s hope it never does) it would be my choice to go through with the pregnancy or to terminate it.

We’re a nation of gossips and busybodies, sticking our nose into other people’s business when we have no right to do so. Privacy is a lie we tell to make ourselves feel better. You can attempt to foist your opinions on me, and if you’re reasonable about it, I may actually listen. But at the end of the day, I expect you to respect my wishes and leave me the hell alone if I ask you to.

Some women choose not to utilize birth control. That’s fine. I can’t force them to.

Some women choose not to have an abortion. That’s fine. I can’t force them to.

But taking away a woman’s right to choose what happens to her? Limiting her access to birth control and other services? Making it more and more difficult for a woman to have a safe, legal abortion? We’re heading right back to back alleys and wire coat hangers.

It’s my womb. It’s mine to tend or ruin.

So stop fucking with it.

 

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