Kaleigh C. Oklahoma

Stay Out of My Body.

Women have many pressures from society as it is, and abortions just add to it. So many people are telling us that it's murder and that it's not our right. In my opinion, it's all about the woman's choice.

Dear Future President,

Women have the right to decide to keep their baby. I know there's always the argument of pro-life and pro-choice. Obviously, I'm pro-choice. I don't believe it's murder, as some may call it. It's a woman's body, her choice.

There's already so much pressure on women these days. We have to be skinny, gorgeous, and wear a face full of make-up. We're pressured to act certain ways, and make certain decisions. In Peterborough, anti-abortion ads were posted on buses and bus stops. People raced to City Hall to protest. The ads referred to "killing babies,", which isn't okay to post publicly. These ads are incorrect and they discriminate against women. They're trying to guilt-trip us into not having abortions and/or making us feel bad if we've had an abortion.

There are also so many limitations on women when making the decision to get an abortion, even just in Oklahoma. For example, a woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion, and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is scheduled. Crazy, right? As another example, insurance only covers abortion costs if the woman's life or physical health is in danger. It blows my mind that we have to go through such a grueling process just for someone to try to change the mind of the woman. Our bodies, our choices.  I want the future president to make it easier for women to get abortions. I want the future president to take away these restrictions but still keep everything legal and safe. I don't want it to be difficult for women anymore.

East Central High School - Tulsa

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