Friday, May 10, 2019

59 Years Later, & We Are Still Fighting About This!

photo via Dublin Library


It is 2019, and we are still fighting about women's reproductive rights, and the fight is getting more deadly. 59 years ago today, May 9th, the first birth control pill was approved by the FDA, and our lives as women were changed forever. We were finally given the freedom to choose when we started our families and how many children we would have. Before sex education and birth control, women were trapped in a never-ending pregnancy cycle. So many died during childbirth or died early from having multiple pregnancies and women began to take notice and speak up. Looks like we may have to do it again.

America's fatalities from pregnancy are on the rise and women of color have a more significant percentage rate of deaths from maternity. In the greatest and most productive country in the world women are dying in larger numbers than our grandmothers from pregnancy. What is going on and why is this happening? Also, why are states trying to persecute women for their reproductive healthcare? Ohio, Georgia, Alabama, etc... are making it more challenging to have any reproductive rights at all. In fact, one of the state's new bills being talked about says if a woman has a miscarriage, she may be charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter? Huh? How? 

Six states have passed a "Heartbeat Bill," this prevents terminating pregnancies after 6 weeks. The laws are not yet in effect yet; however, Ohio's will begin in July. The ACLU and The Center for Reproductive Rights are preparing to go to court because the bill is unconstitutional. The law also parrots the wholly unscientific claim that ectopic pregnancies can be saved through “replanting” the fertilized egg. Specifically, it states that “a procedure for an ectopic pregnancy that is intended to replant the fertilized ovum into the pregnant woman’s uterus” is not included in its abortion ban, which implies that people who choose to terminate their highly dangerous ectopic pregnancies would be included in the ban.[1] Why are people who obviously have no medical knowledge making these kinds of decisions? 

Ectopic pregnancies are hazardous for the woman, and most of the time it is a challenge getting her into surgery before she bleeds to death. They are no one's fault. The egg does not attach in the uterus, and there is no way possible to reattach it. The technology does not exist. Miscarriages happen all the time for no reason. How can you charge a woman for manslaughter for something that they have no control over? I worry for our future generations of women... my daughter is one of them. 

We have to be able to have sex education and easy access to birth control and reproductive healthcare to prevent unwanted/dangerous pregnancies. This is a topic that is difficult to talk and think about, but it is so important. It is not black and white. It can get downright ugly, but we must have these tough talks and prepare ourselves and our kids. 

"Reproductive freedom is simply the foundation of women's ability to achieve their dreams." Hillary Clinton. 






[1] https://theslot.jezebel.com/ohios-abortion-bans-have-real-consequences-1834608459
[2] https://www.thecut.com/2019/05/which-states-have-passed-six-week-abortion-bans.html




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