Supporting Women's Rights And Supporting Abortion Are 2 Different Things

Supporting Women's Rights And Supporting Abortion Are 2 Different Things

The logical reasoning behind being a feminist and being pro-life.
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I assume that we all are pretty much aware of the controversies and passions behind the Women's Rights Movement and abortion, so as a prerequisite, I am not here to say that what you believe is wrong because we can believe whatever we want to believe. Moreover, I want to explain that people can be feminists and pro-life. I sincerely apologize if this is not what you believe, as I do realize that I am among the minority, but I do hope it can help give you some insight on other perspectives on the matter.


Alright, so I want to begin by defining what women's rights actually are, or rather what they really should be. Simply and infamously put, "Women's rights are human rights," at least they are in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (established by the United Nations on 10 December 1948). Global Fund for Women states:

"These [fundamental human] rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage."

The fact that women do not have all of these rights is a clear issue. If they are "fundamental human rights" then women should have access to them too, right? We are human, after all. Now, this is what I want to stand up and fight for: my rights, my sisters' rights, my mom's rights, all women's rights. Like race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual identity, gender does not make you inhumane. How I see it, it's one's actions that can be inhumane.

I believe the societal definition of humanity will never be agreed upon wholly, but there are actions that are deemed inhumane, moreover are crimes against humanity: murder, torture, sexual violence, slavery, deportation, enforced disappearance, apartheid (segregation), and other inhumane acts of violence that are meant to intentionally cause mental or physical suffering or injury to the victims.

Now, I'm going to put you into a scenario.

Imagine you are in a closed and confined space and you have no idea what is in the outside world, but you are living comfortably. You currently survive on the food that is consistently delivered to you, by whom you do not know. But for all you know, life is good, you are good, everything is good. But one day, you suddenly start seeing a light, growing progressively. You don't think too much of it at first; maybe you're even fascinated by it eventually. Suddenly, you hear this loud noise vacuum-like you cannot breathe. Now there's something gray coming towards you, and you cannot fight it. You are torn into literal pieces, your head left for last so it can be crushed into collectible chunks. The light and rush of gray ended your life.*

Maybe take a minute to reflect on this scenario. Would you find it humane that someone did this to you?

Obviously, we may all have different answers, and that is okay. But for me personally, it is in no way humane; it's murder. A purposeful end to human life and its potential. With that being said, I believe that women are being forced to choose between sacrificing her own life or her unborn child's life. Mattie Brinkerhoff truthfully proclaims that

"No woman should be forced to choose between sacrificing her education or career plans and suffering through a humiliating, invasive procedure and sacrificing her child."

In other words, women's basic needs, resources, and rights are not accessible or supported, so many women feel that abortion is their only choice. As a pro-life feminist, my perspective is that abortion is "a symptom of, not a solution to, the continuing struggles women face in the workplace, on campus, at home, and in the world at large" (feministsforlife.org). We now travel full circle back to the Women's Rights Movement and its fight to give women the equality, basic necessities, and fair treatment they are supposed to have. Without women's rights, they stuck between a rock and a hard place.

A research study surveying 1,160 abortion patients, published in the scientific journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, further supports the dilemma women are placed into by society. The image below shows the most common reasons for abortions in 2004 compared to 1987. Notice how the top two reasons for having an abortion, 'Having a baby would dramatically change my life' and 'Can't afford a baby right now', are heavily centered on the absence of women's rights.

Once again, I want people to see that you don't have to be pro-choice to be a feminist; I am a feminist and pro-life. I feel abortion controversies will not be resolved until women's rights are recognized, supported, and enforced. I hope that throughout this article I did not offend anyone, as it was not my intention. If I did so, I sincerely apologize. Feel free to comment any questions you have for me!

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*Scenario based off of second-trimester abortion. For more information on the types of abortions, click here. Provided within the website are YouTube videos which show animations of how the different abortions are performed, and they are narrated by a practicing OBGYN who has performed over 1200 abortions. If sensitive to medical topics, viewer discretion is advised.

Cover Image Credit: Marc Nozell / Flickr

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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.

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Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice — no one else.

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Abortion Ban In Several States

DISCLAIMER: the following does not include any of my personal beliefs/opinions.

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Abortion has and will always be a controversial and very sensitive topic for all genders. The following article delves into the details about the Alabama abortion ban that was signed to be a law which, if it passes, will be in effect January 2020 and briefly touches on the Georgia Heartbeat Bill.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

In 1973, Roe v. Wade 410 was passed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court. In short, this ruled that the Due Process Clause along with the 14th Amendment in the Constitution would work to give pregnant women the choice to choose whether or not they wanted an abortion AND should coincide with the government's personal agenda to protect the health of all who is involved. What I mean by this is that the Supreme Court decided during the second trimester of a pregnancy, abortions would be allowed. But, if it is the third trimester, abortion is to be prohibited unless the health of the mother is in danger. This law catapulted the abortion debate which is still going on today.


Abortion vs. Alabama

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed off on a bill that will basically ban all abortions, including rape, incest, any abnormality, and if the mother's life is in danger on May 14, 2019 after acquiring approval from 25 Senators . This could be a problem considering that it very much contradicts Roe v. Wade (1973). To Ivey, the bill is a reflection of the values in which the citizens of Alabama believe: all life is precious and a gift from God.


Governor of the State of Alabama, Kay Ivey (pictured above). home.bt.com

The governor of Georgia also signed a bill to ban abortion after detecting the slightest heartbeat which is approximately around the six-week pregnancy period (around the time most women discover that they are pregnant). Another important take on this is that despite the rift and debate that is going on between Democrats and Republicans, most Republicans believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. This is looking more like a possibility considering most of the Supreme Court consists of people who support the Republican party. In short, the main idea is to ban abortion in all of the United States, not just in some states like it is currently. In regards to Alabama, the bill still has not been enacted into a law and could possibly encounter delay in the Supreme Court because, after all, this is a very debated topic. For now, abortion is still legal until January 2020 or when it becomes a law.

Conditions of the Abortion Law

The conditions of the abortion law explicitly states that abortion during any stage of a pregnancy is prohibited and if any medical professional aids in the practice/procedure of an abortion, they will face up to 99 years in prison. If an attempt is made to perform an abortion procedure, an individual can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Women who successfully get an abortion or attempt to will be prosecuted as well. However, only those who provide another with an abortion will be punished in Alabama, not the one receiving the service.

No form of abortion is allowed including: rape, incest, life-threatening abnormality, or putting the life of the mother in danger.


Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill www.youtube.com


Two Sides to the Debate

Although most Republicans support the law, the Democratic party has combatted the notion of it. Many opponents of the ban state that the restriction can put the lives of many in danger and affects women of color and those who are living in poverty heavily. ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also declared that they will sue. Many young people have also reached out to social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram to voice their opinions:

Tweets from individuals who are anti-abortion ban www.wnd.com

Many celebrities have also stated their opinions on the matter. Rihanna stated in one of her Instagram posts, "Take a look," referring to a picture of 25 Senators in Alabama who approved the abortion bill, "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!"

Although both sides clearly have their opinions on the debate of pro-life/pro-choice, one thing we all can agree on is that this will be a long process that can make or break the lives of a lot of people in our nation.

Until next time,

Salsa.

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