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Tue May 28, 2019, 08:55 AM

I had an abortion. Why it's none of your business. [View all]

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-had-an-abortion-why-is-none-of-your-business/2019/05/27/c8757df8-7e64-11e9-8ede-f4abf521ef17_story.html?utm_term=.f1962b187044

What about those of us who arenít victims? What about those who simply happened to find ourselves pregnant? Abortion doesnít have to be motivated by trauma.

I had an abortion. Iím not going to tell you how old I was or what my circumstances were at the time. I wonít mention whether birth control was used or whether it wasnít. Iím not going to tell you whether the guy is or is not still a part of my life, whether it was a one-night stand or a long-term relationship. Iím not going to discuss the health of either party involved in the consensual or nonconsensual sex, nor the viability of the embryo. None of those details are pertinent. I got pregnant. I didnít want to be pregnant. I had a medical procedure to remedy the situation. Full stop.

I am an adult of sound mind and body. My government has decreed me capable of voting, of operating motor vehicles, of purchasing firearms, of paying taxes. Why is this irrational line drawn at body autonomy?

I had an abortion, and I need no oneís forgiveness. Nor should I need your permission. In defending reproductive rights, we should refrain from framing the argument around the most extreme and saintly of cases in the hope of converting more supporters. When we pander to find circumstances under which abortion becomes palatable, we dilute the simple message that body autonomy should be a right regardless of gender.

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