I was frustrated when I saw the internet meme going around that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were supporting late term abortions at 36 weeks. Folks, that’s infanticide and NOT an abortion. I had a late term abortion and the cutoff in California was 24 weeks. After 24 weeks a pregnancy is determined to be viable and there are very few cases in which a doctor is able to perform an abortion. According to the CDC, 1.3% of abortions happen later than 21 weeks. The rhetoric that abortions are equivalent to birth control does not capture the scope of women that undergo this procedure. Conceptually we know these terms are not synonymous so why do we treat them as such? The idea that a women’s psychological response to having an abortion is the same as popping a birth control pill is ridiculous, damaging, and hurtful.
I will forever remember crying uncontrollably to the operating room while feeling my baby move around my belly. I will forever remember talking to her while rubbing my belly with tears rolling down my cheeks. I will also forever remember the emotional scars that will be branded within my soul. I know that I am not alone in my story and I hope one day that we as a society talk about women’s reproductive rights with compassion rather than with blame or criminalizing language.