Stop Taking Away My Rights

Stop Taking Away My Rights

Stop taking away my rights. End of story.

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It seems as though every single time I think our society is about to progress, we end up going in the complete opposite direction.

It's two steps forward one step back, only that the steps forward are one foot after the other like you're on a tightrope and the step backward is a leap.

A huge leap that ends up taking us farther away from the end goal, the end goal that keeps our communities safe, healthy and happy.

Abortion laws are growing tighter and tighter, taking away women's reproductive rights with every new piece of legislation that gets past our offices. The new Heartbeat Bill that's expecting to get passed in May isn't going to stop abortions.

It's not, because you know what? People are just going to revert back to old tactics: clothing hangers, hot baths, falling down stairs, taking medications, alcohol, the list could go on, and it will because people are going to have abortions whether the law says you can or not.

Six weeks is not enough time for someone to figure out that they're pregnant let alone go and seek medical services. Most women find out they're pregnant between four and seven weeks. How are women supposed to not only find out they're pregnant but also get the opportunity to get an abortion in that short time frame?

Oh, that's the point. They're not.

The point of the Heartbeat Bill is to prevent women from seeking out abortions, to force women into unwanted pregnancies that some can't afford, that some never asked for, that some weren't ready for.

It doesn't matter the reason for abortion. Every woman should have the right to get an abortion no matter what happened. It is her body. It is HER choice what she does.

You're going to force the girl who was sexually assaulted and raped to have to birth the child of her rapist? So what? That child can grow up being a reminder to that girl that she was raped, that she was taken advantage of in a way that no one should ever be? So she can experience even more trauma? That child can grow up being rejected by its mother?

You're going to force a woman in poverty who can barely feed herself to give birth to a child that she can't take care of? So she can go into even more debt trying to pay off the hospital bills? So both she and her child can starve? So that child can be raised into a life of poverty that you've never cared to look at?

What about a trans man who gets pregnant? You're going to force him to have a child? So he can deal with the emotional trauma of having a child? The laws and the regulations we see in the government try to stop the support of LGBT kids, adults, and families, so who will uplift him? Who is going to protect his rights as a male? Who is going to make sure that he is protected socially as an individual, not just a carrier of a child?

What about the girl who just doesn't want a child? The girl who isn't ready to take care of a child because she's in college and her protection method failed? You're going to force her to have a child for what? For her to drop out of school and leave her dreams of education behind? So she can work a minimum wage job with only a high school degree that can barely if at all, support her let alone her and a child?

Don't claim that adoption is an answer to all of these problems. There are hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system in this exact moment, and some of these children will never be adopted and eventually grow out of the system, unprotected and alone. This happens to thousands of children every day. They are forced out of the system because no one adopted them, how many of them were from mothers who were told they would get adopted if they didn't get an abortion?

There are also medical abortions. Abortions for the woman who will die if she gives birth to a child. What are you going to do? Tell her that her sacrifice will be in vain? So her child can grow up without a mother? "Sorry that you're going to have to die even though we have a preventable method that we can use to save your life right now! Your unborn child in your uterus has more of a right to live than you do!"

Why are lawmakers so obsessed with my body? Why are they so obsessed with making up the rights for MY body? Why do they get to control what I can and cannot do with it?

Are they paying for my abortion? Are they paying for my hospital bill? My child support?

No. They aren't. They aren't paying for any of it.

Why are all these men who can't even get pregnant get to make the decisions about what I do with my body? Why do they get to decide what's best for me? Why do they get to decide what's best for me and the clump of cells that's yet to turn into anything inside of me?

I'm so tired of people trying to tell me what's best for me, what's best for millions of other women when they have never in their life even thought about the kind of situations we go through every single day.

Stop taking women's rights away. You had your fun taking away our rights one hundred years ago and guess what?

We're angry about it and we're not letting you bring us back to those times.

It's not a privilege to have rights so stop trying to take mine away from me like it's okay.

This law isn't solving any problems, you're going to have more unsafe abortions and a lot more angry people showing up at your door.

You're not saving lives because quite frankly, "they" never existed. You're killing the lives of women and men, who simply want to live their lives without a child. End of story.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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An Open Letter To The Middle-Aged, White Men Of Various State Governments Who Think They Own My Body

First off, I would like to express how disappointed I am in all of you.

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To the middle-age, white men of various state governments,

First off, I would like to express how disappointed I am in all of you. Do you even know what you are trying to do here?

In recent light, both Ohio, yes this state, and Georgia are trying to ban not only abortions but also birth control and miscarriages. First off, do you even know how to ban a miscarriage? A miscarriage is something a woman cannot control most of the time. From personal experience, my best friend's mom went through three miscarriages, and she didn't want them to happen at all.

Second, I hope it goes through your mind that birth control is not just for preventing pregnancy. I'm on birth control myself, but it is to control horrible cramps I had growing up and to keep my hormones in balance. I know people who have birth control for other medical reasons, like endometriosis and PCOS. Do you know what those are? Please do your research.

This was all written before Wednesday.

As more news comes into the light, especially with today's due date coming up, I'm seeing that even Alabama is trying to ban abortions, and there is no exception with rape. I'm sorry, but this is just all messed up.

If this is the government's way of trying to put us into a better future, they are making the future horrid for women.

This is not becoming the United States of America. This is becoming Gilead.

Yeah, Gilead. Have you read "The Handmaid's Tale"? If not or have not seen the Hulu series, I'll give a summary. Women are stripped of their rights and are put into a position where they have to bear children for powerful people. They don't get a say and are pretty much silenced into submission.

Let me talk about something that I'm pretty sure you've heard in the news already.

There is a girl in my state. Yes, Ohio. She is 11 years old, she was raped, and now she's pregnant. She learned she was six weeks and one day pregnant, and now she can't have an abortion. Why might you ask? Because this stupid Heartbeat Bill is preventing her. Even this new legislation is preventing her. NO ONE AT 11-YEARS-OLD SHOULD BE PREGNANT! THIS WASN'T HER CHOICE! Don't let her live with this and have to go through giving birth.

Oh, wait. She's going to have to because of these things.

So shame on all of the people involved. Shame on the government. Shame on these pro-life people that want to do away with safe abortion. Shame.

To those that are reading this and want to do something, you can. Call your state representative, vote in elections, voice your opinion, anything.

This whole thing not only has me worried for women of the United States, myself, and my future daughter if I have one.

I am in charge of my own body, not the American government and these "men".

Sincerely,

A 20-year-old college student, a liberal democrat, a woman who uses birth control, and a fighter.

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