In honor of Women’s History Month, I felt that it was important for me to make my position clear on this topic: Abortion – I’m a pro-choice supporter, after being taught by the females in my family, I realized that it’s important for me to show my stance on this issue.
There’s a bill that has been brought to the floor by Delegate Barrie Ciliberti (R-District 4) called “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” – which really limits/prohibit the procedure of abortion done on a fetus that is at the 20-week mark – which is the second trimester.
My position on this piece of legislation is that I OPPOSE THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION. What really gears my minds is that this bill is being proposed by an individual who happens to have the XY chromosome – a MALE – someone who doesn’t understand what it is like to carry a baby for nine months – someone who doesn’t understand that each woman has experienced some kind of negative effect that can range from being raped, sexually assaulted, or even a victim of molestation/incest. Where do the state have the right to dictate how a woman can handle her own body – let’s keep it real – we men are not in the gynecologist office every day where a female patient could have been told the worst news of their lives – that having a child would put you at greater risk or death due to some underlying factor that we don’t know. Does this bill outline that? NO! Does this bill penalize doctors for honoring the Hippocratic Oath – YES! Does this bill give the government a greater overreach in the conduct of how a woman manages her body – YES! We are not in the business of telling a female what to do with their own bodies, and we are not in the business of making medical decisions for them!
Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade – that case pretty much set the standard for women who are seeking the proper pre-natal medical access – so what we should be doing is asking females – what do you need to help IMPROVE the child-bearing experience? What do you – the Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, Aunts, the carriers of our future generations – need? This is unique for me because I attended a forum back in Jan regarding females in prisons and it was hosted by Reproductive Justice Inside – and I left that forum with such a broken heart to hear stories of pregnant women being mistreated in the correctional system – the one system where we have a greater duty to ensure their welfare. With my thoughts being said – I also want to be able to raise the question that this bill hasn’t addressed – and will probably not address – what about transgendered individuals? Are we to sanction the same kind of prohibition on transgendered individuals who still want to become a carrier of the future? What are we doing to ensure that females across the state continue to get the best quality care from medical professionals?
So, I will say it again – I oppose this bill, and I will pledge my fight for women in my district and across the state if elected to serve as your delegate. I welcome all the inputs, advice and suggestion to ensure that we, as a state, can provide better medical services to you in the privacy of your own space as a female, whether you see a midwife, a PA, a PCP, A gynecologist – that’s our job as legislators – to provide the best services, and not to prohibit or infringe on the rights of females all across the state and in my district.