Abortion is a very emotionally charged issue. An NPR article on June 7, 2019, identified that over 75 percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose.
No woman wants to have an abortion, no woman wants to be raped or molested or coerced into sex by family members, friends, classmates, priests, teachers or political leaders. What women do want is the same freedom men have when it comes to their bodies. They want to choose with the option to consult with trusted family members, friends, religious leaders, and, of course, their doctors.
Women want safe health care options. Women want education about their bodies so they can make decisions. Many women want access to birth control even if their religion does not condone any birth control except the archaic “rhythm method.” Women want to work in an inclusive and professional work environment. Women want men to not assume their wants supersede a woman’s “no” or “stop.”
People may say the right to choose is not in the Constitution. Well, neither is there anything in our Constitution about a Supreme Court having only nine Supreme Court Justices. Our Constitution allows for its evolution through impartial Supreme Court rulings or amendments passed by Congress.
Our forefathers were not perfect, but they were pretty smart as they fought against a monarchy and built a democracy “of, by and for the people.” Our right to vote is one way we stand against political leaders or judges who do not stand up for the very foundation of our democracy. The Supreme Court needs to rule for women and not for their own religious views.
Shelley Carey, Carmel