If Fighting for Abortion Access is Really About Women’s Rights…

by Kaitlyn Mason

Where are the laws protecting and creating supportive, stable environments for pregnant women that would enable them to see hope in carrying their child to term?

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If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about women who want their babies but are pressured into abortions? Where are the laws preventing coerced abortions?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, isn’t this discounting a man’s role in the conception of a child? If there’s mutual consent from a man and a woman to partake in intimacy that leads to conception of a child, why does the man have no legal say in what happens next? What about the opinions of these male partners, boyfriends, or husbands who may want the baby? Where are the laws protecting their right to meet their child?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about a woman’s right to meet her baby? Where are the laws ensuring that women who receive serious prenatal diagnoses have access to doctors who will be open to delivering their babies rather than advocating heavily for abortions? Where are the laws ensuring that these women are not coerced into abortions by medical professionals?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights and a woman’s right to choose, what about a woman’s right to receive support regardless of what she chooses? Why do abortion facilities provide women with opportunities for financial support to cover costs of an abortion, while an abortion facility in Charlotte, NC refused to connect with a loving ministry that offered material/financial support to women choosing to adopt or parent? If abortion facilities are providing women with support for abortions, where are the laws ensuring that they also provide support when women choose other options regarding their pregnancy and child?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about a woman’s right to have the needed material, emotional, and spiritual support to carry the baby to term? Where are the laws protecting and creating supportive, stable environments for pregnant women that would enable them to see hope in carrying their child to term?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about the woman’s right to be treated kindly and with respect by her male partner, boyfriend, husband, significant other, extended family, and friends throughout her entire pregnancy and after? Where are the laws ensuring that the woman is not in an abusive situation that needs correcting before an abortion is performed? How is it fair to an abused, hurting woman to perform an abortion before she is given an opportunity to be in a safe, loving, non-abusive environment from which she can see hope in carrying her child to term?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about the woman’s right to receive the physical, emotional, and spiritual support that is needed after an abortion is chosen and after an abortion is performed?  Where are the laws ensuring that she follow up with a counselor or other healthcare professional to check in and make sure she is not suffering physically, emotionally, or spiritually both before and after her abortion?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about the woman’s right to appropriate medical care? Where are the laws ensuring that women remain in a healthcare facility where they can be properly monitored and cared for throughout the entire abortion process? Why are women often sent home to complete the painful abortion process alone in their home bathrooms?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, and insurance companies often cover pre-natal testing that could reveal genetic defects because women have a right to know what’s going on with their child, what about a woman’s right to know what’s going on with her teenage child? What about a woman’s right to know where her child is at all times? What about a woman’s right to know if her teenage child has had or is having an abortion? Where are the laws ensuring that parents provide consent for or at least confirm their knowledge of their minor child’s planned or completed abortion?

If fighting for abortion access is really about women’s rights, what about the rights of women in the womb?

Copyright 2016 Kaitlyn Mason

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