Today is the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade.
It should be a day of celebration. Instead, we are reminded that a woman’s right to control her own body and her own life is a concept that is not exactly universally understood.
While some states (including my home state of New York), have legally affirmed that women are perfectly capable of making decision in regards to their health and their future, other lawmakers in other states believe that they, not the female citizens of their state, have the right to control a woman’s health and future.
The way I see it, it comes down to the fact that for most of human history, women have been seen as less than men. They had no control over the bodies, the health or their lives. This idea that a woman is perfectly able to decide if and/or when to have a child, to take control of her own destiny is an idea that is relatively new to human beings. When an idea is new, it is often considered to be radical, dangerous or just plain weird.
The good thing is that times are changing. Slowly but surely, women and men are waking up. A woman’s right to choose is essential for her future and no lawmaker, male or female, has the right to take that away from her.
Throughout most of history, abortion has been unsafe and illegal, if not also considered to be immoral.
45 years ago today, history changed. Roe V. Wade ratified into law, making abortions not just legal, but allowing them to be done in a way that does not cause long-term harm to the women who were seeking abortions.
Then, as now, Roe V. Wade is a victory. It is a victory over the idea that women do not have complete autonomy over their bodies and their fate. Unfortunately, there are far too many who want to pull us back to the dark ages where abortion was unsafe and illegal.
While I understand freedom of speech and religion, no government has the right to tell its female citizens how to live. Nor can it restrict vital health services, especially to women who do not have the financial luxury of seeing a doctor regularly.
What it essentially boils down to is control over women. For eons upon eons, we have been silent, because we had no voice. Now we have a voice and we will use it.
I will end this post with a question to the male lawmakers who would gleefully overturn Roe V. Wade: If your teenage daughter found out that she was pregnant, why would you deny her the right to an abortion, knowing her age and that her life would forever changed by this pregnancy? If your sister was pregnant and the doctors determined that if the pregnancy went through full term, it would possibly kill your sister, would you still deny her the right to an abortion? Or would you let her possibly die on a principle?