Readers of this blog will know that I am not usually political. However, it is impossible for me to ignore what is going on in the United States, our neighbour to the south. This is not a post attempting to replicate any of the excellent reporting and opinion pieces on the tragedy of the Supreme Court of the US striking down Roe V Wade like some unwanted piece of garbage. It’s part personal post and part reflection on the injustice that will likely tear America apart.
I am a strong supporter of a woman’s right to choose and a woman’s right to control her own body. A right most men take for granted. Personhood confers those rights. Women are persons. In second year university, at the age of 19, I became pregnant. This was not a wanted pregnancy and despite my father’s – yes, my father’s – willingness to send me to England for an abortion, my husband and I decided to go ahead, get married, and have a child. At the age of nineteen, two years into a university degree and the potential that would bring for the future, we continued the pregnancy. The baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. He essentially died in the birth canal.
Would I do that again? No. Would I encourage either of my children to continue a pregnancy under such circumstances? No. If asked, would I recommend the course of action we followed? No.
That’s the personal story. Millions of women have faced similar decisions. The statistics I’ve seen suggest that 1 in 5 pregnancies are terminated each year and that 1 in 4 women have had an abortion at some time in their lives.
The following images and text speak for themselves.
And two more … recommendations for how women, and men, can make a stand going forward. There was a better version of this first photo on Facebook – but the ‘content police’ over there have removed it from my feed and from the woman who originally shared it. So I had to create my own 🙂
Many historical novels written fifty or more years from now, will no doubt reflect on last week’s decision. The themes and conflicts embodied in those novels won’t be pretty.
M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.