The Biggest Debate of 2012…

…will be carried out in the battlefield of the wombs of American women.

This year it’s not war, not poverty or scandal, but the ability for women to choose any other option than abstinence to keep from procreating.

It’s my belief that every woman has the right to choose whether or not she should or should not have a child.

Birth control is a must-have in today’s society. I believe it should be covered by Insurance companies and seen as a necessary option for all women. In theory, it could work as an effective form of inexpensive welfare. The Pill costs between $30-50 per monthly pack (as a student, it was $10; as an E2 visa holder in Korea, $7), and I see it as a monthly necessity for myself.

Pregnancy is not an option for me. Abortion is the last thing I want to go through, physically or emotionally. So why would the government take away my option to take the pill, or take away someone else’s right to it (that statistically comes from a place with higher birth rates)?

And if those women get pregnant, or if I did, and chose to have an abortion because they and I simply were not economically ready for such a big responsibility, the government is saying that we should not be allowed the option of a safe and medically sound operation to control that which otherwise would kill us or make us bankrupt.

“Until […] all the variants of hormonal fertility control came along, anatomy really was destiny — and all of the world’s societies were organized around that central fact,” writes Sara Robinson, columnist on alternet.org.

Women have been controlled by men, religion, and the world at large because they are capable of creating life. It’s obvious that this trend still continues today and will continue if it’s not discussed and argued by all sides.

Pregnancy and birth tear families apart just as much as they can bring them together. There are thousands, nay, millions of women out in the world that wish they could have the Pill. And those that don’t endure painful and life-threatening abortions in their own homes. Why? Simple.

Women do have a choice. Even without the option of a germ-free, completely professional surgery, women will choose to abort children they literally cannot bear for one reason (usually many) or another.

If this amendment does pass and abortions in major medical facilities are banned and made illegal, I promise that it won’t stop women from doing it.

It won’t stop killing mothers, or tearing apart families, or keeping men from abusing and controlling women.

But the option, the ability to have that choice open to you… that can really save lives. It can help women and men have a choice to wait if there is an accident. It can keep unwanted children out of orphanages and foster homes. It can provide an escape for rape and molestation victims.

And most importantly, it gives women the ability to have some control over their bodies and what they can and cannot do with them.

It enrages and insults me that this bill is being shepherded by a panel of untouchable, unreachable, old men. What would they know about giving birth? The pain, horror, and fear women face when threatened with the possibility of pregnancy? The thought that their entire world and all of  their dreams can literally be wiped off the planet because of a fetus without so much as a heartbeat?

NOTHING.

And what do I know about it? Everything. I’ve been there, I’ve seen it. I’ve held hands, I’ve seen tears, I’ve taken pregnancy tests, and prayed to an Almighty Force.

And you know what? I don’t want to bring children into the world unless it is under my terms. This is the 21st century, and we’re no longer ruled by tyrannical churches and their agendas. I want my options open, and I want to see women standing up for their right to make babies or not.

If you’re like me, I plead for you to write to Congress, the White House, the House of Reps, the Senate… give them calls, emails… absolutely any way you can get a hold of them, please do, and tell them that what they are trying to do is completely unacceptable.

If you don’t live in the United States but wish to take part, please do. This is not just about Americans, but for standing up for women all over the world. With this kind of legislation being questioned in a first-world country, how can we make a difference in other parts of the world?

I want my future daughter (if she’s in the cards somewhere in the future) to not fear for her life or future if she’s put into the same situation that millions of others go through every day. Please help women protect their rights.