I am Pro-Women.

I am a firm believer that if you don’t have a vagina you are not in any sort of position to be regulating one.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2011, states enacted 135 new reproductive healthcare laws. Personhood amendments, transvaginal ultrasounds, and attacks on contraception make 2012 sound more like 1912.

In 2012, 42 states and the District of Columbia enacted 122 provisions related to reproductive health and rights. One-third of these new provisions, 43 in 19 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services. Although this is a sharp decrease from the record-breaking 92 abortion restrictions enacted in 2011, it is the second highest annual number of new abortion restrictions.

Last year in six states, lawmakers brought men’s health to the forefront of the debate. All women and all Democrats, these people brought forward their ideas, my favorites being Georgia’s House Bill 1116 that would prevent men from having vasectomies, as well as the legislation pushed by  Ohio State Senator Nina Turner that would require men seeking drugs like Viagra to first get a cardiac stress test to ensure their heart is ready for sexual activity. Oh, and they would also have to obtain certification from one of their recent sexual partners that they are indeed experiencing problems with erectile dysfunction. And they would be required to see a sex therapist before getting a prescription. The bill stated “The physician shall ensure that the sessions include information on nonpharmaceutical treatments for erectile dysfunction, including sexual counseling and resources for patients to pursue celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

Turner says society has been programmed to accept the idea that legislators can regulate a woman’s ability to obtain contraception or get a safe abortion. “We don’t see anything wrong with it because that’s the way we’ve been socialized,” But now that the tables are turning and the focus is on men’s reproductive health, people think it’s strange. Because it seems absurd to regulate men.

Whether or not a woman is choosing to have an abortion, she deserves to make that decision herself.

People keep deciding the outcome of things that they have no right to be deciding, and it is unjust, and it is immoral. Women are not animals to be regulated. We are not the playthings of others. Our choices are ours to make, not yours. And unless you are capable of having an abortion yourself, back off. This isn’t your battle to fight, and thinking otherwise just makes you pretentious.

If men were under the same scrutiny as women, things would be a lot different. And who knows, there may come a time when this isn’t a battle. Until then, I will always be PRO Women.

PRO “you do what you want with your life and body and I’ll respect your decision no matter what you choose because it isn’t any of my goddamn business.”





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