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  Choice: either you have one, or you don’t

The average woman who wants children will spend five years pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and nearly three decades trying to avoid pregnancy. Thirty years of every woman’s life—going to school, working a job, dancing and dating, raising chidren—whatever your life is about, whatever is important to you, as a woman, you also must address the question of unwanted pregnancy. The quality of a good thirty years of our lives depends on whether you have a choice in the matter of when you will get pregnant and when you will take a pregnancy to term.

Choice is about the right to choose a lifestyle based on your own beliefs, preferences and needs when it comes to sexuality and pregnancy—your right to self-determination and privacy—your right to have medical professionals, not politicians, decide what information and services are available to you—you’re right to decide for yourself what you will and won’t do with your body.

No one wants to have to terminate a pregnancy. If we had good sex-eduation and access to effective means of contraception, we could make abortion obsolete. Instead, ineffective abstinence-only education is receiving millions of dollars of funding (your tax dollars) and is replacing real sex education, and contraception methods —like the emergency contraception pill, recently denied over-the-counter status— are made inaccessible. If we don't have good information and we don't have access to contraception it is impossible for us to make good choices —good choices being the ones that fit our personal beliefs and where we're at in our lives. Choice is fundamental to liberty, and our ability to choose for ourselves is being legislated out of our lives. We may not agree, we may choose differently, but if we don't support everyone's right to choose for herself, then we are at the mercy of the beliefs of whoever happens to hold power in our government.

You either have a choice, or you don't.

{US} A Constitutional Amendment has been proposed giving a fetus more rights than the woman carrying it. The amendment declares that a fetus, now being called an "unborn person" would have the right due process - that having an abortion, except in life-threatening conditions or if the pregnancy was due to rape or incest (is incest different than rape?) would be illegal. Women would have no choice, no right to self-determination, no right to privacy when it comes to our bodies.

H.J.RES.4 1/4/2005--Introduced.

Constitutional Amendment - Declares that the word "person," as used in this amendment and in the fifth and 14th amendments to the Constitution, applies to all human beings regardless of age, health, function, or condition of dependency, including unborn offspring at every stage of their biological development. Prohibits depriving any unborn person of life. Declares that this amendment does not: (1) prohibit a law permitting medical procedures required to prevent the death of the mother of an unborn person; or (2) limit the liberty of a mother regarding the unborn offspring conceived as a result of rape or incest.

{US} Abstinence-only education = No choice
Monday, July 12, 2004 — 50 new grants were awarded, totaling more than $31 million, for abstinence-only education programs through HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Click here for a list of organizations receiving grants and denying teenagers access to information about contraception.

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of interest elsewhere online:
Disentangling Abortion and Mental Health Disentangling Abortion and Mental Health by Cristen Conger @ The Daily Femme, NOV 9, 2010

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{US} Between 1995 and 2003, 380 anti–choice measures were enacted in the states.

Anti-choice measures include:
• Restrictions on minors' access to reproductive health services;
• Biased counseling and mandatory abortion delay requirements;
• Measures granting unprecedented legal status to embryos and fetuses;
• Measures allowing individuals and entities to refuse to provide abortion and family planning services (Refusal Clauses);
• Laws imposing Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP).

Contraception — A Basic Health Necessity Affordable Access Needed for All Women, May 8, 2007, ACOG News Release.

Ob-gyns today addressed the critical need for increased insurance coverage of contraceptive services for women in the US at a news conference during the 55th Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Speakers discussed the barriers that impede many women from securing contraception and the crippling effect that unintended pregnancy can have on women and society.

"Whenever we seem to make progress in providing contraceptive coverage to all women, we experience a significant setback like the March 2007 8th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that employers do not have to pay for contraception for their employees," said Vivian M. Dickerson, MD, past president of ACOG. "This type of judgment sends the message that women's health care needs are not taken seriously. When will the US stop treating its women as second-class citizens?" she asked.

"More options than ever exist for safe, effective family planning, yet too many women still face too many hurdles in accessing them. Most of the 16.8 million women in need of publicly funded contraceptive services do not have access to proper care—even women with health insurance have a hard time paying for contraception," Dr. Dickerson said. Read the full article >

Thinking of Getting off the Pill?
Check out J.'s blog: Getting off the Pill, where a 29-year-old woman, who's been on the Pill for eleven years documents her experience of getting off the Pill and into Fertility Awareness.

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