Standing Up for Reproductive Rights
In the three and a half years that I’ve been writing PathtoFertility, I may have mentioned abortion a dozen times. There was at least one blog completely devoted to abortion that I can recall.
Today, June 26, 2013, abortion is all over the news.
Senator Wendy Davis in Texas stood up for what she believed was best for the men and women in Texas.
She stood and she stood and she stood. I’m not sure if she stood for eleven hours or thirteen.
Of course it matters, which one it was, but after the third hour, how much does it really matter?
No bathroom. No sitting. No eating. NO LEANING.
She stood up for what she believed.
Whether you agree with her or not, whether you support abortion rights for women or not, I’d like to believe that most of us would respect standing up for what we believe.
Abortion and reproductive rights and reproductive health and infertility and fertility treatment are woven together. That may be a very unpopular statement to make here. You all are trying your hardest to conceive; how dare I compare that to abortion.
Reproductive Choices Under Fire, Including Fertility Treatment Options
Reproductive choices are being threatened all over the country in a myriad of ways. Threatened in ways that span from banning abortion--effectively telling women that they do not have the right to make decisions concerning their own bodies--to bestowing legal rights to an embryo as a fully fledged person. Our concerns about conceiving, using fertility treatment and ART (assisted reproductive technology) include many issues that are coming under fire.
To name a few:
- Freezing embryos that are not transferred
- Disposal of frozen embryos that are unused
- Legal rights to embryos
- Selective reduction in a case of multiple pregnancy
Those are just a few that come to mind easily.
Do you have to agree that an abortion is necessary after twenty weeks of pregnancy?
Do we have to consider that it’s the individual woman’s choice to make?
I think, yes.
Do we have to think ahead and see where this is leading us in terms of reproductive choices?
That’s a slam dunk for me.
Today, I do applaud Senator Wendy Davis for standing up for what she feels (and has been told) is what her constituents want. What in fact, they have elected her to do.
Agree with her or not. Standing up for what you believe, for supporting others that believe, for 11 to 13 hours is something that I find inspirational.
Gives me a little extra courage today for standing up for my beliefs.