More than access to abortion is at stake, women

This is to the ladies; I don’t want to start a debate here I just want to point out some history of this new situation of Roe v. Wade. I don’t ever want to sound callous about this topic but originally it was never really about the baby.

Some of you are too young to remember what women had to go through historically. Before the late 19th and early 20th century a women could not own property, they couldn’t work unless you were a spinster and even those jobs were limited. A woman was considered property that you could treat any way you wanted, and there were no laws to protect against abuse, rape or incest. Animals had rights before women and children did. Women couldn’t even vote until 1920, and minority women had it the worst of us all. In my mom’s generation she couldn’t open a bank account unless her father or husband was on the account.

Women were imprisoned and died for the rights we take advantage of today. They fought so we could work, vote, own property, make our own money, and decide what happens to our bodies, but I will say if you think the decision to have an abortion isn’t excruciating for a woman, you would be mistaken.

Educate yourself about the benefits we reap today, that our women ancestors fought so hard for us to have. They are called women’s rights for a reason, and they’re not written in stone so if we’re not careful they can go away.

Linda Whittekiend


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