Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Another Attempt To Deny Access

So as I was reading Ms.Magazine today, I saw that the Gov. of Mississippi has signed into law a bill that would shut down the only abortion clinic that the state of Mississippi has. The governor's reasons were to “ensure that the lives of the born and unborn are protected in Mississippi.”-Phil Bryant Mississippi Gov. This really pissed me off; because not only are you affecting the women in an entire state, but possibly the women in the surrounding states as well.

I had an abortion while I was attending UIUC in Champaign, IL. Financing wasn't my only barrier, the biggest barrier I faced was access. I had to travel to Chicago to get my procedure done, because I couldn't get it done in Champaign. Now luckily, i only had to travel to another city. I couldn't imagine having to travel to a whole other STATE! That's ridiculous, unfair and unjust.

From my experience here at CAF, we see a lot of women who have to travel across several states to get a procedure done that their live in state does not conduct. This causes not only an additional financial burden, but also other burdens as well. What if that woman is a single mother with no support system? Who will watch her children? Or who will cover her bill that she had to neglect to cover the cost of travel for a procedure that will save her mental health. It really bothers me how, as a woman, the fate of my body is determined by some male politician. When is this going to stop?

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