Alabama's Government Has No Place In A Conversation On Abortion

Alabama's Government Has No Place In The Conversation Of Abortion

They don't have to like abortion, but they have to respect other people's rights.

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The topic of abortion has always sparked controversy, whether it be about morals, rights, or sex. In today's news, there has been a lot of spotlight and backfire from Alabama's new anti-abortion laws.

First, I want to address that although this is a sensitive subject, I am not here to offend anyone. I want to admit that I have mixed opinions about this topic. As a woman, I support my gender and my own body. As a human, I believe that every individual should be loved and provided a good life, and for that, I am grateful that people who want to raise a child or are infertile can choose the adoption system. As a college student, I am aware of relationship struggles, the importance of finishing my education, and inevitable financial issues. However, at the end of the day, I struggle with which position I lean more towards, pro-life or pro-choice.

What I do know is that Alabama's anti-abortion law is a disgrace. This law forces women with no other option than to give birth. Not only that, getting an abortion can put you in jail longer than those committing crimes of rape or murder. That makes me sick to my stomach.

Every single person on Alabama's Senate who voted to pass the legislation was a Republican, caucasian male. This is a standard case of gender inequality. The fact that these men have that much power to control women's bodies is horrifying. At the very least, shouldn't women be the ones judging what happens to other women's bodies? Don't we deserve better?

I refuse to believe that these men have the right to represent an entire state. If a woman wants an abortion, she should have the right to get one. The same goes to a mother who chooses to keep her baby. It's her choice. Thankfully, I don't live in the state of Alabama. I wouldn't feel like a free citizen, I would feel like owned property.

Abortion shouldn't be about politics. The government should not have a say in a woman's medical decision. And hey, while you're still reading, let's keep religion out of it too. Once religion gets involved, it will only lead to biases and unavoidable discrimination.

Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, that is your personal opinion. No one should be allowed to take away the choice of abortion from any woman just because they simply don't like it. When the government takes away a female's decision, they are treating her like a lesser individual who can't be responsible for making her own choices.

It's so easy for a man to say, "If I were a woman, I would simply not get pregnant." As if getting pregnant was a one-person job, right?

To make the decision to end a pregnancy is hard enough, there are no easy answers.

A woman who has been raped should not be forced into raising or giving birth to that child, whereas in Alabama, she would have no other option. To have an abortion is now illegal in the state as women will be assigned jail sentences if they terminate their pregnancy.

So I would like to ask those men in Alabama's Senate, what if it was your teenage daughter? What if your baby, your precious little girl... was raped? Would you force your own daughter to carry the baby of her rapist?

I will say it again, and then I will say it some more. No human should be allowed to make such a fundamental decision on another woman's body. You don't have to like abortion, but you cannot take away another human's rights. This is America, we are supposed to be free.

And to the 25 men in Alabama's Senate, you just created a war on women.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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I Want To Be Embraced, But Touch Triggers Me

A poem about touch.

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I want to be embraced, but touch triggers me,

Because with touch comes vulnerability.

Touch has the power to lift you yet can destroy you if it's unwanted.

We touch to feel, but the longingness to feel something—a body that isn't yours--takes the good feeling away.

It breaks you.

Over and over again you try to train your mind to tell itself that every touch is not bad; every touch won't leave you crying on the bathroom floor asking why this happened to you.

Every touch won't deprive you of your appetite.

Every touch won't leave you numb like you are when you're reminded of the person who took it all away from you.

Every touch is not meant to harm you the way their touch did.

Every touch isn't meant to break you.


I want to be embraced, because it can make me feel safe

It tells me that I am understood—

Not a body for someone to conquer, but one to nurture.

To be embraced is to be loved—by someone, by something.

But when being embraced turns so quickly into being touched, the safety net disappears.


I want to find refuge in your touch, but touch triggers me.

Because with touch came the conquering of my body

With touch, I was left to pick up the pieces of myself, alone.

With touch, I lost sight of my own.


I want to be embraced, but touch triggers me.

Because I'm reminded of the unwanted ones.

I want to be embraced and touched by you, but it's hard to differentiate between the two

The good from bad- the nurturing from the conquering.

They say boys will be boys, but the parents who taught their boys to be boys, turned into men who left unhealed wounds

Touch triggers me, but I don't want it to.

I want to be loved by you.

My mind says to let go and let you.

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