Rethinking the right to choose

My thoughts on the Republican’s new efforts to scale back the right to choose were published in The Crimson today:

Thirty-eight years ago last week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that changed women’s lives. The opinion, written by Justice Harry A. Blackmun ’29 (a Republican appointee), found that a woman’s right to privacy covers the right to make choices about her body, including the medical choice to have an abortion.

Thus, despite anti-choice efforts to chip away at this decision over subsequent decades (many of which have been successful), I never grew up in a world where I worried that an unintended pregnancy would derail my life. That’s not to say that I, or other pro-choice women like myself, treat abortion light-heartedly—indeed, I hope never to have to obtain one. But the fact remains that there is a certain security in knowing that, whether for physical, mental, or economic reasons, you have a final option.

Unfortunately, it is an option that too many of us take as a given. We talk about it as a right to choose, which is nice, but it’s time to change the dialogue. It’s time to talk about abortion as part of health care, as a medical procedure that should—like other medical decisions—be made by a patient and her doctor.

You can read the full thing here.