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I’m going to just start this post out by saying I cannot believe that this is a reality and that this has really happened.
I’m also going to say that I am very glad that we live in Connecticut, which is one of the safest states when it comes to getting an abortion. We are lucky enough to live in a state that gives us the right to make decisions about our own bodies.
But, other women aren’t as lucky as we are. And that’s a really scary thing. Women across the country are going to be forced to have children they might not want. They’re going to be forced to continue high-risk pregnancies that could ultimately kill them. They’re going to be forced to continue pregnancies with fetuses that are not compatible with life, which means they might have their child die inside of them and give birth to a still born. Or they’ll give birth to a child that won’t survive more than a couple hours outside of the womb.
A lot of people will say that women who don’t want children should go on birth control. What they don’t know, or refuse to acknowledge, is that birth control isn’t 100% effective. I’ve known people who have had their birth control fail, and that was with them taking it exactly as directed because they knew they couldn’t afford a child. I’ve also known people who have gotten pregnant with an IUD, which is the most effective form of birth control. These methods are great preventatives, but they can fail. Oh, and there’s also the issue of accessibility. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to access birth control.
On top of that, there’s the fact that ALL of these birth controls come with undesirable effects. I have a copper IUD, which is non-hormonal and it’s supposed to be the most effective, but it comes with a lot of awful physical and emotional side effects that I have to deal with, one of which is having an extremely heavy flow (because I have a foreign object in my uterus that’s irritating my body). It’s so bad, my doctor actually thinks I should get it taken out because the amount of blood I lose each month is not good for me. But, with everything going on, I’m afraid to get it taken out because I know I am not ready to have a child.
At the end of the day, women should have a choice in what happens to their bodies. Women should not be forced to carry out a pregnancy they don’t want or a pregnancy that can be fatal to the mother or baby. Abortions save lives, in more ways than one. If someone isn’t ready for motherhood, or someone was raped and is forced to have a child, or if someone is forced to watch their child that is not compatible with life die, it’s traumatic. It will have lasting effects on their mental health, which could put them at risk for suicidal ideations.
I could say so much more about this topic, but I think I’ve made my point. It’s scary that we had this right taken away from us. It was bad enough people in the past fought so hard for us to have this right, and now many women across the country have had that right taken away from them.
It shouldn’t be this way, yet it is. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit worried about what’s next.
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