Why Does the Government Get to Decide What I Do with My Body?
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why Does the Government Get to Decide What I Do with My Body?

Especially when only 20% of politicians in the House of Representatives are female.

Why Does the Government Get to Decide What I Do with My Body?
Man Repeller

In the final presidential debate, the issue of abortion came up, I had a mixture of reactions when the Orange Baby opened his mouth, and none of them were good. It infuriated me because not only does he not support women reproductive rights, he also avoided answering the question at all and just kept referring to the fact he will appoint pro-life judges which will reverse everything Roe V. Wade did for women in this country.

What is Roe V. Wade? Well, for those of you living under a rock of male privilege:

A pregnant single woman (Roe) brought a class action challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which proscribe procuring or attempting an abortion except on medical advice for the purpose of saving the mother's life. A licensed physician (Hallford), who had two state abortion prosecutions pending against him, was permitted to intervene. A childless married couple (the Does), the wife not being pregnant, separately attacked the laws, basing alleged injury on the future possibilities of contraceptive failure, pregnancy, unpreparedness for parenthood, and impairment of the wife's health. A three-judge District Court, which consolidated the actions, held that Roe and Hallford, and members of their classes, had standing to sue and presented justiciable controversies. Ruling that declaratory, though not injunctive, relief was warranted, the court declared the abortion statutes void as vague and overbroadly (sic) infringing those plaintiffs' Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The court ruled the Does' complaint not justiciable. Appellants directly appealed to this Court on the injunctive rulings, and appellee cross-appealed from the District Court's grant of declaratory relief to Roe and Hallford. (U.S. Supreme Court)

Basically, the Supreme Court had a stroke of common sense and determined a women’s right to have an abortion was an extension of the 14th Amendment.

Why am I outraged about Trump’s decision then? Well, for one, as a woman I don’t like the idea that in 2016 the government, mostly made up of men who probably have no working knowledge of a woman’s anatomy or pregnancy, gets to decide what I personally do with my body. You may counter-argue this and say “Well he said it would be determined by the states if he appoints these pro-life judges!!!” Okay, so let’s see, most likely, all Republican states (because Republicans are known for being “pro-life”) will overturn Roe V. Wade, and I live in good ole Florida: Home of the Republican Elderly. (I may seem angry, it’s because I am.)

As a woman, I am allowed to make decisions regarding my medical necessities, including my reproductive rights, and also my mental necessities. Here are some quick facts on the dangers of pregnancy, which doesn't include any social or economic consequences of having an unwanted child (maybe you can see why women choose to have an abortion):

  • Bleeding: If a woman is bleeding heavily then it can indicate a miscarriage (which I believe Trump’s Vice President wanted to sign a state law where a woman must then have a funeral for) or an ectopic pregnancy. What is an ectopic pregnancy? It is when the egg implants somewhere other than the uterus and can kill a woman if not caught on time.
  • Nausea: If a woman vomits so much and is unable to keep anything down, she can become dehydrated and malnourished very quickly.
  • Preeclampsia: This is marked by high blood pressure and a lot of protein in the urine and can kill the mother if not taken care of.
  • The Flu: If a pregnancy woman gets the flu, it can cause serious complications for the mother.

And that’s only a few of the many, many complications during pregnancy. This doesn’t even account for the after effects like post-partum depression and anxiety or vaginal tearing.

So, Donald Trump and Mike Pence, I understand you wish to bring this country back to the 1950’s and have nuclear families, colored drinking fountains and no rights for anyone but white men but that is NOT making America great.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments