Women's Choices by sallydarity
A few years before Roe v. Wade, some radical feminists were handing out copies of their ideal abortion law- a blank sheet of paper. It was a statement against the illegality of abortion, as well as against others working for reform. Women's bodies, women's choices, should not be legislated by any governing force. They knew that then and we know that now.
Back then, some women in the
women's movement felt the topic of abortion was too controversial- that it
would alienate people from the movement. Now almost every feminist
organization or group has abortion rights on the highest of their
this or that petition, lobbying...
horror stories about underground abortions...
We can empower ourselves and others by educating about birth control. For the most part, many birth control methods- pills, shots, patches- mess up women's bodies. For those who have the ability, information about fertility awareness should be readily available. Tracking one's cycle is a hassle, but completely natural and harmless. There are other options other than those that mess with our hormones.
Women can learn how
to do abortions. There was once a group called Jane in Chicago
(check out the book "The Story of Jane") that helped women get underground
abortions and later learned to do it themselves before it was legalized.
They learned that it was an easier procedure than a tonsillectomy, that
they can do it safely with little risk of injury or infection. We can
learn about the various methods of birth control and abortion to determine
options, safety, etc. We can make it available, affordable, more natural
and personal. We can develop relationships that are supportive and
educational. We can make it happen- by and for women.