I grew up in a family where sex was never spoken about, let alone contraception. When I was around 14 years old, one of my cousins became pregnant at the age of 21. This was a shock to my whole family because she was a bright student in her second year of college on her way to becoming a successful nurse. Her pregnancy made my family feel ashamed because we all knew that a baby would definitely delay or ruin her college career and her future plans to become a nurse.
Despite my families’ constant pressure for her to get an abortion and the shame she would have to carry as a young mom, my cousin decided to go through with the pregnancy and have her daughter. I truly admired my cousin for making this decision for herself without letting the opinions of others influence her.
This whole situation caused me to analyze what I would do if I were in her position. I came up with the conclusion that for the sake of my future, if I were in her position, I would go through with the abortion. I wouldn’t do this to please my family, but simply because I feel like this would be the best decision for me.
This is why I am Pro-Choice because it gives you the right to have a choice. As women we are different, we are all in different situations, therefore we shouldn’t all be given the same option when it comes to our reproductive rights and family planning. We deserve the right to have the choice to do what we think is best for our bodies and our overall health without the influence of outside people or politicians.
Everyone has their differing beliefs, which is fine but, where’s the freedom in not being able to practice those beliefs? As women we should have the control to make decisions for our own bodies. There shouldn’t be any policies or laws getting in the way of me choosing a better or healthier life for myself.
- Jess, 22