Abortion is a human right

In response to the latest ban on abortion passing in Oklahoma (this would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable for up to ten years in prison), I have been trying to understand why. Why are Republican legislators pushing so hard to restrict the bodily autonomy of females? Why are we seeing so many Republican and conservative states pushing back years of progress? 

These recent years there have been a lot of big social reform movements: Black Lives Matter, Stop AAPI Hate, #MeToo. Things are being talked about in public spaces and change is being talked about. Conservatives are being pushed further and further from social “norms.” I think they understand this, and that some parts of them fear that they will lose power, and so they choose to do what will keep them in power, or at least restrict people for the next couple of years. 

To understand this, or at least try to, it’s important to look at abortion more systematically. Who does it target, and more importantly, how does intersectionality target some people more? For example, a Black trans man will have a lot harder of a time finding abortion and reproductive health care than a cis white woman. These laws will not affect every childbearing person the same and may be being used to target certain groups of people, keeping them from elevating themselves or their economic status, keeping oppressed groups oppressed. Abortion restriction is a tool that is used to oppress uterus-owning people, restricting them from their own bodily autonomy, and promoting the idea that their only use is to have a child. 

And having a child should not be forced on a person. There are a lot of factors to think about, from the health of the child bearer or the costs that a child can bring, these factors make it so that there are groups of people who may be more inclined to get an abortion than others. A low income person may choose to abort because they cannot afford a child, or a disabled person may choose to abort because their body may be unable to safely carry a child or there is a risk of passing genes or disease on. And arguments that there are options for the child after birth fall flat when we look at the state of foster care and adoption in America. If we also think about both the impacts pregnancy can have on a body during and after, can we really justify putting a person through all of that?

Having a child is not always a burden, but for some people it can be, whether it be economically, financially, or emotionally. And we cannot promote the idea that you should be required to have or carry a child at the expense of yourself. 

Yes, a human life is priceless, and we cannot treat it as expendable. But an embryo is not a human, and we have to put the human holding the embryo first.

8 thoughts on “Abortion is a human right

  • May 18, 2022 at 1:56 pm
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    i really love the last sentence in this. i feel like a lot of people forget about the woman who is actually going to carry this baby. her rights and, most definitely, her body should be respected.

  • May 17, 2022 at 10:03 am
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    I agree with everything you said here. There are so many other factors that the people trying to ban abortions don’t take in and quite frankly, it’s kinda scary to think about.

  • April 26, 2022 at 8:38 am
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    I highly agree with every point you made and I found it really comforting that you also brought up the healthcare gap between the black/ trans communities and the white/ cisgender. Restricting a person down to solely their uterus and the “purpose” of their uterus, is not only harmful but very degrading. Anyone should have access to safe and healthy abortions no matter the beliefs of anyone else. It is very scary to think about all the states going backward in healthcare and women’s rights and I’m glad we are able to have an open discussion about it here at our school.

  • April 15, 2022 at 11:01 am
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    I agree with everything you stated. It’s crazy that people still think that abortion is murder and don’t think to consider the effects of birth and pregnancy.

  • April 14, 2022 at 9:52 am
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    i agree with what you stated. Women deserve to have the right of what they want to do with their bodies. Other people shouldn’t make the decision for them.

  • April 13, 2022 at 10:07 am
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    I think that they should NOT be trying to ban abortions. This is a GROSS VIOLATION OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS! What about if the woman was a victim of an unwanted pregnancy caused by sexual battery or rape or any other serious sex crime? THEY SHOULD DEFINITELY BE ALLOWED TO GET AN ABORTION! It’s THEIR BODY, THEIR CHOICE!

  • April 13, 2022 at 7:28 am
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    Everything you bring up rings true. Something I think about with how forcing pregnancy is impossible to justify is that a teenager can get pregnant, carry it to term, raise the child, etc, but at the same time they are barred from adopting or voting, and sometimes even driving. If they think that a teenager can’t handle those things, why must they be forced to handle pregnancy (which arguably seems a lot harder)?

  • April 13, 2022 at 7:11 am
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    I agree with all the points you made. It is scary to think about how in some states they are trying to continue and limit abortions.

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