When Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, it was an earth-shattering decision that changed the course of American history. This ruling said the federal government has no grounds to stop or prosecute an abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy, and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (which upheld Roe v. Wade) threw out the trimester framework and instead said that the government can't disrupt a woman's opportunity to have an abortion up until the point of viability.
These court cases have gone down in history as an extension of women's rights. We've been told by history books, the media, the entertainment industry, and many politicians that these cases grant women bodily autonomy and allow them to exercise reproductive freedom. Most women have been told time and time again that abortion is a basic human right that we all deserve – "my body, my choice" is the popular slogan that women have adopted from marches and rallies, and it implies that allowing abortion is the very thing that gives women full control over their bodies. And we're told that making abortion readily available everywhere is a pro-women issue.
But there's nothing more insulting than telling women that they have to end the life of their own baby in order to be successful or happy in their life. In fact, abortion is the very last thing that women should be offered. Abortion is as anti-woman as it gets.
Abortion Is Anti-Woman and Has Nothing To Do with Bodily Autonomy
Despite what all the mainstream machines have been telling us for years, abortion is the most anti-woman issue that exists in our culture today. There is no amount of mental gymnastics that can possibly make it normal and even admirable to end your baby's life simply because he or she is unwanted. Furthermore, it's insulting to posit that women need to kill their child in order to be successful in life.
We have seen celebrities like Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips get on a stage and insist that they wouldn't have such a successful career if they weren't given the opportunity to abort their baby. This is an incredibly offensive sentiment. Women are more than capable of being mothers and being successful at the same time. We don't have to sacrifice our own child in order to achieve some sort of happiness or fulfillment, and anyone who tells you otherwise doesn't have your best interests in mind.
Bodily autonomy is no longer on the table when your execution of bodily autonomy harms or kills another human being.
The argument for bodily autonomy gets thrown around often; in fact, this term has become synonymous with abortion. We've been told many times that being granted the opportunity to abort your own child is the bodily autonomy that all women deserve. Bodily autonomy is no longer on the table when your execution of bodily autonomy harms or kills another human being, regardless of how old that person is or what their location is. Would you say that a man deserves the bodily autonomy to rape a woman? Because his body, his choice, right? No, of course not. This is a patently absurd claim – it's just as patently absurd as insisting that a woman should be afforded bodily autonomy in order to end the life of her own child.
Abortion at its core is anti-woman. A Californian study showed that women who had abortions were 160% more likely than delivering women to be hospitalized in the first 90 days following the procedure for psychiatric treatment. 44% of women who had an abortion reported suffering from nervous disorders, 31% regretted their decision, and 11% were given psychotropic medicine by their doctor following the procedure.
Not to mention the physical effects that women experience from having an abortion. A survey of 1,182 abortions showed that 27% of the women had an infection that lasted 3 days or longer. The nine most common major complications post-abortion include infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, ripping or perforation of the uterus, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, and endotoxic shock.
There is nothing about abortion that is pro-women. Giving birth to children is the most incredible, empowering thing that women are naturally entrusted with. That doesn't mean that all women have to give birth in order to be a woman, but it does mean that offering to take away this truly awe-inspiring experience has tremendously negative consequences for women.
The Abortion Industry Preys on Vulnerable Women in Need
We know that abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood target lower income neighborhoods more than any other demographic. Politicians and celebrities try to frame it as if the women in these areas need abortions the most because they are poor or uneducated. There's another insulting, degrading statement. Just because a woman has a different upbringing than you or lives in a different socioeconomic status doesn't mean that she can't be a mother.
Women are more than capable of being mothers and being successful at the same time.
The predatory abortion industry, which is funded and propped up by the federal government, has been preying on vulnerable women in need for decades. These clinics intentionally often fail to offer an ultrasound, and the providers outright lie about what the abortion actually entails. Women are often coerced into making the choice to end the life of their innocent baby because they're struggling financially or maybe don't have a huge support system. The people who work for the abortion industry exploit women who are feeling scared and helpless. This is inexcusable and reprehensible.
The worst part is, abortionists use buzzwords to try to flip the script and make it sound like abortion is empowering. They use terms like bodily autonomy, reproductive justice, and healthcare to lie about what their true goal is: killing innocent babies in the womb. Additionally, clinics like Planned Parenthood lie about providing healthcare services for women and, even worse, they sell parts of aborted fetuses for research. This is nothing short of predatory, disturbing behavior that doesn't have women's best interests in mind.
Overturning Roe v. Wade would be a good thing for our society. It's just the beginning, though, as the decision is still left up to the state and there are certainly many states out there that will maintain women's access to abortions. But just knowing that Roe v. Wade may be thrown out should give us all hope that our society cares about women's wellbeing as well as their innocent children.