NARAL Pro-Choice NC Student Allies Reflect on the Reality of Roe

“It has now been 42 years since Roe v. Wade, and we are still facing significant hurdles when it comes to our reproductive freedoms. I personally feel limited by the lack of information on my campus regarding abortion access. Our health services center, usually comprehensive and helpful, has zero information on abortion referrals on their website and in their lobby, but is eager to refer students to the crisis pregnancy center that is located half a mile from campus. Support and access is crucial for all women, but students at college campuses unquestionably have the right to be supported by their academic institution with regards to healthcare. ASU should provide a broad array of information and referrals for abortion services, not send students to a deceptive anti-choice “clinic”. I would personally feel much more at-ease knowing that my university would support me and guide me through the process if I chose to get an abortion.”

-Anna Lobastova, NARAL Pro-Choice NC Volunteer and Appalachian State University Senior

“I couldn’t imagine living in a time or a place where I felt as if my body and what I chose to do with it was controlled by legislation. Thanks to Roe v. Wade, women have the right to make their own choices about abortion. Trying to take away a woman’s right to choose is like telling someone that they can’t wear green just because YOU don’t think that it’s a pretty color. Well, I hate to break it to you but what really matters is what they think because it’s their body, not yours. People turn a woman’s right to choose, whether or not she wants to carry a fetus to full term, into a public decision, when it’s a personal matter. Personal issues like that have no place in legislation. Those who argue that they do, should think about how it would make them feel if their public lives were announced to the whole world. Instead of being judgmental of others, I think they should spend some time educating themselves on the facts: abortion is not unsafe, and it is not uncommon. Abortion is safer than having your tonsils removed and 1 in 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime. Reproductive care is a right that all women have and should receive. Whether it comes in the form of abortions, birth control, adoptions, or parenting, the right to an educated and well-informed decision should be given to everyone. When people try to place restrictions on access to reproductive health care, it is essentially denying a woman the right to make her own choices about her body, which is not okay. Due to the ruling of Roe v. Wade it is still legal for women to make decisions about their own bodies, but just because it is legal, does not mean it’s accessible.”

-Ashton Billingsley, NARAL Pro-Choice NC Intern and NC State University Junior

“Why is the 42 year old Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade important to me as a young woman? Because I am a person capable of making informed choices for myself. Because I know that the “rights” I have been given only allow me to agree with decisions that have already been made which are more than likely not to be in my favor. But most importantly because I am a woman. A woman who knows that on this 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade we have come so far in a fight that is not over. The fight making sure women, men, and families alike have knowledge on reproductive rights outside of what they are being told or what is in the news. It’s making sure the information being provided is clear and medically sound. And lastly that everything from general information about reproductive rights to birth control, abortion, pregnancy care, and adoption agencies are accessible. Let’s make equality a thing and Roe a reality. FOR ALL.”

-Raven Deas, NARAL Pro-Choice NC Intern and NC State University Junior

If you are concerned about deceptive advertising on campus that misleads students into believing CPCs offer comprehensive reproductive health care please sign NARAL NC’s petition: bit.ly/StopCPCAds

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