A Woman’s Right to Choose

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We need to educate all young people about sexuality, sex, their bodies, and contraception from a medically sound, non-partisan, non-theological perspective.

I am pro-choice and will advocate tirelessly for the infrastructure and societal support systems necessary to allow all women to choose life.

When the day comes that we, as a society, can affirm that we have overcome sociatal  inequities and deficits in our support of families, mothers, and children, we can claim to be pro-life. Until that day, we cannot - will not - have a society without abortion.

Let’s look at some of the facts:

  • Women do not aspire to have an abortion. 

  • It is not an easy or comfortable decision, the decision is one fraught with sadness, desperation, and pain.

  • It would be wonderful to live in a world without abortion.

  • Overturning Roe v Wade will NOT end abortion. 

    • Roe establishes a right to privacy and choice for women. 

    • It limits State laws rather than expanding them.

If Roe was overturned, States such as Alabama, Georgia, or Ohio would be able to enact sweeping bans.

  • States such as New York, New Jersey, and California would - realistically - remain states with legal abortion. 

  • For women with sufficient economic means, they would simply travel to one of those states or even outside of the country. 

  • For women without resources, they would be stuck, and would not have safe options.

I believe it is important to address WHY a woman might find herself in a situation to choose abortion (and what we can do to help the situation): 

  1. There is a direct correlation between education and unplanned pregnancy. 

    • Teenagers are having sex

    • Health education including reproductive education about menstruation, ovulation and pregnancy prevention need to be in public school curriculum.

    • Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, whereas approximately 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence graduate from high school.

    • Some legislators in NC want to require signed permission from each parent to teach a high school student sex-education (permission slips should be for field trips, not for education about physiology of the human body).

    • Some legislators in NC want public schools to choose their own curriculum, including curriculums that only educate about abstinence.

We need to educate all young people about sexuality, sex, their bodies, and contraception from a medically sound, non-partisan, non-theological perspective.

2. Many women have limited or no access to reliable, affordable birth control.

  • Birth control can cost as much as $50 a month if you have no insurance coverage. 

  • It may require a doctor’s prescription, which requires a doctor’s visit. For women without the means to visit a physician, this is obviously an obstacle.

We need better access to reliable, affordable birth control for all ages, regardless of insurance.

3. The lack of affordable childcare can bind a new mother financially. 

  • Raising a child is expensive. 

  • Daycare can cost $500 to $1,000 a month. 

  • Many families can’t afford safe daycare.

  • Even the cheapest option would consume almost 50% of a minimum wage worker’s income before tax. 

We need Federal funding to help establish support systems in our schools and counties to help young mothers provide early care.

4. Too often, society does not support pregnant women.

  • Pregnant women are vulnerable to discrimination in the workplace and often face termination.

  • A single woman is often viewed as immoral, irresponsible, careless, or promiscuous without any basis for those judgements.

  • Pregnant teenagers miss school, are held back, and are at risk of never graduating from high school.

  • Society all too frequently condemns young women who, through no means of their own, struggle to care for themselves (not to mention their child), can’t find employment, and are unable to finish their formal education. This establishes a cycle of poverty that is often never broken.

We must ensure young mothers can educate themselves, create protections for pregnant women in the workplace, and work to eliminate the stigma that surrounds young, single motherhood.

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I am pro-choice and will advocate tirelessly for the infrastructure and societal support systems necessary to allow all women to choose life.

We cannot eliminate abortion.

We can create a culture that reduces the need for abortions, and when a woman does require the procedure, we must make it as safe as possible.