Why I’m Pro-Choice (And You Should Be Too)

The millennial generation was not alive for the Roe v. Wade court case, but we will uphold it.

On January 22nd 1973 the Supreme Court ruled that the fourteenth amendment protects a woman’s right to an abortion, it was a 7–2 decision. That decision has caused numerous debates since it was passed, and the general excitement of the public has since waned with the revival of the conservative party.

After Reagan’s idealistic Republican control in the 80s the general outlook on modern liberalism shifted. Since 2010 the highly conservative Tea Party has made it their goal to ‘reconstruct’ the government to align with their views, and as a result they have really changed the face of the Republican Party.

The Republican Party has managed to make themselves synonymous with the word “crazy” as a result of their refusal to change with the times. Historically the Republican Party has been socially conscious, with the same general views as they have currently but managing to evolve with the times. However, the Republicans of the 21st Century have not changed with the time, and it’s starting to affect their platforms.

The two main things that the Republican party has refused to address are gay marriage and abortion. With the Supreme Court upholding gay marriage as a national right many Republicans who were not for it before were forced to come to terms with it, they still were most likely not for it but they came across as close minded and offensive if they continued to speak ill of it.

The second topic, and the one that people are more interested in it seems, is abortion rights. In Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court upheld a woman’s right to an abortion in all 50 states, so why is the Republican Conservative movement trying to take that away?

Pro-Lifers and Pro-Choicer’s have battled over the legitimacy of a woman’s right to an abortion. People want to give rules and parameters, certain ‘qualifications’ for a woman to have an abortion. But why can’t you just let a woman make that decision?

The most common argument pro-lifers make it “why can’t you just give the child up for adoption?” There are currently 415,129 children in the Foster Care system in the U.S, with 42% of those children being white. 1 in 5 of those children will end up homeless after the age of 18, 1/2 will be employed by the time they’re 23, ❤% will earn a college degree, and 71% of young women in the foster care system will become pregnant by the age of 21. The mean age of both boys and girls in the Foster Care system are 8.2 and 8.9 respectively. The percentage of abortions done by white people is a measly 34%, with the rest of those numbers being made up of minorities who notoriously do not have the funds to support that child. Personally, I would not want to have to place a child in the system as it does not do it’s job majority of the time and causes PTSD and limits options in a child’s life.

Banning abortion will not make it go away, women will always find a way to have an abortion if it is absolutely necessary. The earliest known description of abortion comes from the Ebers Papyrus (ca. 1550 BCE), an ancient Egyptian medical text drawn from records dating as far back as the third millennium BCE (Tom Head).

All banning abortion will do would be to make it more dangerous and life threatening to a woman. Abortion is not something that women go into lightly, and providers such as Planned Parenthood require psychiatric evaluations before and offer counseling after. Having an abortion is a traumatizing experience for a woman, and it is a decision that is made after careful thought. Abortion is a last resort decision for many women, not the free willed, spur of the moment decision that republicans make it out to be.

No one is pro-abortion, as much as republicans would like to make the Democratic party to be, abortion is a difficult and traumatizing experience, and no one is ‘for‘ it. I do not care if you have an abortion, I don’t even know if I was faced with an unwanted pregnancy if I could have an abortion, but for those who it is the final option, they will get it either illegally or legally.

If you are pro-choice, you are just that. Pro Choice. You are for the option, it does not mean that you have to have an abortion, it doesn’t mean that if you have an unwanted pregnancy that you must have an abortion, it simply means that you are giving women the option to choose what to do with their bodies, and that is crucial.

People don’t understand that choice is all about being able to make the decision for yourself, not having someone else do it for you. I do not care if you think abortion is the most horrific thing in the world, it is not your job, or your place to make a decision over what someone else can or cannot do with their body, you only have the ability to make that decision for yourself (and if you have kids, your kids until they’re 18).

Please be pro-choice. Please allow women to make the decision to do what they want with their bodies. Women already had to fight for their right to vote, we had to fight for the right to an abortion before, and we will do it again.

For further reading:

The Foster Club — Statistics and information on the foster care system

CNN — Roe v. Wade Fast Facts

The GPR — Abortion and Women of Color: The Bigger Picture

Abort 73 — U.S Abortion Statistics

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