While I do have my own story, one I'm fairly sure I've shared somewhere on this blog, I have a tendency to get "all panicky" when writing on feminist topics*. While I actually consider Health Care a Humanist topic, it's obvious that I will never face a personal decision as to whether or not I need to terminate a pregnancy in my own body.
Thus bein' the case, though admittedly it's mostly the panicky bit, I offer this link to another exemplary essay from a much clicked upon resident of my sidebar, Suzanne at C.U.S.S and Other Rants. I hope you take the time to read her Op piece on the Metro site as well.
From 34 Years of Legal Abortion: Blog for Choice DayThank ya, woman, For all you blog!
Women are people already. We have the right to decide if we want to undergo these risks or not. No one has the right to impose these risks on an unwilling woman. It is nice for you if your religion says that life begins at conception. Your religion is not the law, nor should it be. Your religion does not grant a zygote more rights to life than a living woman has. As a woman, I have a life. There are no debates about whether I am alive or not. As such, my rights always supersede the rights your religion grants a fetus. At the end of the day, women will always decide for themselves whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term. The only difference is whether we have the legal right to a safe medical procedure or whether we need to seek out potentially life-threatening illegal abortions. AGI reports that 13% of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide are from unsafe abortions. These unnecessary deaths are undisputable blood on someone’s hands, and those hands belong to the forced childbirth movement.
* Oh, I know why. Is just not as "bad" a cause as my silly residual Catholic shame-complex makes it seem.