Support women's body autonomy by refusing to support anti-abortion policies.

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This is more than the morality argument that many people find themselves  struggling with when discussing abortion.  One in four women will have an abortion. Chances are, you know someone who has had one.  Strict abortion laws directly influence a women's voice and autonomy over what she does with her body.

In 1939 the prominent lawyer Arthur Garfield Hays, the general counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union in the 1920s, wrote in his book:

In a society where interests conflict I realize there can be no absolutes. My freedom to swing my arm ends where the other fellow’s nose begins. But the other fellow’s nose doesn’t begin in my brain, or in my soul either, as the religionists would have it.

The government's freedom to regulate our bodies ends there, at my body. 

In a world facing overpopulation issues, and with already 400,000 children in the U.S.'s foster care system, adoption isn't always the best option. 

CDC: Unintended pregnancy is the major contributor to induced abortion. Increasing access to and use of effective contraception can reduce unintended pregnancies and further reduce the number of abortions performed in the United States. Similarly, easier access to abortions can cause abortions to be performed earlier, rather than later in the pregnancy when the fetus is more developed.

Teen mothers are more susceptible to physical and emotional issues related to pregnancy, and in 2018, roughly 25% of teen pregnancies ended in abortions. The bills being passed forces most of these teenagers to carry the baby to term. Being a teen mom can disadvantage young women, as only 40% of teen moms graduate high school and only 2% graduate college. 

The largest percentage of abortions in the US occurred in 2015 at ≤8 weeks’ gestation. However, only between 39-56.7% of women under the age of 19 had abortions during this period, making younger women much more vulnerable to missing the 6-week limit.

85% of women who get an abortion are unmarried. Many women risk losing their jobs and sources of income because of a pregnancy and a baby who will then be dependent on them as the only parent for at least the next 18 years. 

I won't even bring up the argument about forcing rape victims to carry a child conceived out of rape.  

We ask that our state legislature revisit this complicated issue with more respect for women's bodily autonomy and right to choose. No other bodily function is regulated, and our bodies are not the government's property. We encourage those who take issue with abortion to work with organizations that improve the foster care system and access to contraceptives, and consider that if we allow the government to begin regulating what we do with our bodies, where does that line end?