I have made it no secret to the readers here on Being Pregnant that I am outspoken, as well as pro choice, and my venture into motherhood has strengthened that stance with every pregnancy. But in recent weeks my heart has slowly started to ache for the future of my unborn daughter.
Not just because it is still hard for women to overcome the judgment of society, but because of the rash of recent anti-woman laws put into place, and legislation proposed all over the country in attempt to undermine the current federal abortion laws on state levels.
From Kansas to South Dakota representatives with a clear agenda against intelligent women making informed medical decisions have started a culture war between abortion supporters and foes.
Sadly for the people of South Dakota their new 72 hour mandatory wait for abortion services makes you wonder what the agenda is considering there is no wait for purchasing a firearm. Hmmmm!
But why does this make me sad? It makes me realize the kind of world I am bringing my daughter into. While I have two sons at this point, they are never going to have to have a law or someone with an agenda tell them they can’t pick and choose a medical procedure which may be the best option for them. Of course they will have the male side of abortion, and unplanned pregnancy, but I certainly hope it won’t be something they will have to deal with. Of course I hope the same for my daughter, but in this day in age, there are so many what if’s that could change a woman’s life forever.
I am thankful to live in the very liberal state of Connecticut, but who is to say in another twenty years the tides won’t change limiting options for my daughter?
I am a firm believer in men and women being able to make choices when it comes to medical care, anatomy, heck… tattoos or whatever. No one should be able to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own body. Period!
I can only hope that the federal government will continue to recognize that women are people and they have the right to make their own choices in care, and these nosey busy bodies will start to mind their own uterus and bodies.