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Statement on Abortion

Actively denying a woman of her right to choose is a reprehensible and violent attempt to control her body. There are boundless reasons as to why a woman may not be capable of carrying a fetus, should not carry a fetus, or simply does not want to carry a fetus. These reasons, however, should not matter. Regardless of her reason to abort, denying a woman of that personal choice would effectively deny her of the most basic human liberties.

Since 1980, women have faced a 61 percent decrease in funding for the Title X program, which supports low-cost family planning services. Socially-charged issues including the inaccurate persecution of Planned Parenthood, supreme court cases such as Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, and state-enacted refusal clauses have all contributed to the declining availability of contraception. Ironically, those who are attacking contraception providers are also attacking abortion providers. Without contraception, the need for abortion will logically increase at exponential rates.

Over 33 percent of women obtaining abortions lack health insurance, while 31 percent are covered by Medicaid. For the uninsured, the average cost of pregnancy ranges from $30,000 to $50,000. This is a 50 percent increase over the past two decades. Forcing a financially insecure woman to carry out a pregnancy can wreak havoc on both the woman and the child.

And despite the pleas and vows of adoption by pro-life advocates, there are still over 100,000 adoption eligible, already-born U.S. children in the foster care system, and the 13 million children without parents throughout the world.

Another pressing issue with many pro-life advocates is the prevalence of a religious argument. In the United States, freedom of religion includes the protection of and protection from religion. This means that an individual’s religious beliefs have no authority over another individual’s actions. One person’s God, morals, and religious beliefs are not the universal standards that all people must live by.

Every year approximately 20 million unsafe abortions occur globally, resulting in some 68,000 maternal deaths and leaving 5 million women with chronic health complications so let me say this: A woman is an autonomous being, and bodily autonomy is a basic human right.

I am pro-choice because I support the empowerment and advancement of women.

I am pro-choice because a woman’s sexual, health, and reproductive choices are none of my business.

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