Just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse, another terrible thing happened: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away at 87 on Sept. 19. She was an undeniably incredible woman who remained a champion for women’s rights throughout her entire life and exemplified perseverance and poise in the face of rampant sexism. Her death was not only heartbreaking to many Americans, but it also created a sense of impending doom. I will be the first to admit that I am scared for my reproductive rights.
While the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade made it legal for women to receive abortions in the United States in 1973, opposition to abortion continued to linger in Congress and throughout the country as a whole. Ironically, it seems like the politicians who are most against the legalization of abortion are old, mostly white men who will never have to face scrutiny for wanting to get an abortion. Threatened by women having any sort of autonomy over their bodies, these politicians have consistently sought to defund Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that provides contraception to millions of women, as well as safe abortions and breast cancer screenings.
If Planned Parenthood is defunded, millions of women will run out of options for birth control, and the women who need safe, affordable abortions will have very few places to go. Women will be forced to have babies they cannot afford or take care of, and in some cases, might be legally required to birth the child of their attacker. Some might even risk their life by performing the abortion themselves or seek out other unsafe methods. This is horrifying to think about, and it is why we must not forget to stand up and fight for Planned Parenthood.
Women deserve to have the fundamental right to choose when or if they want to have children. Choosing to use birth control should not have political undertones. It is infuriating that with so many awful things happening in the world, some politicians are choosing to focus on defunding a healthcare service that allows women to be in control of their sex lives and the decision of whether they want to start a family.
In the wake of RBG’s death, we must fight for Planned Parenthood. We must fight to keep control of our bodies. We must fight for our right to choose.