A Mother's View on a Woman's Right to Choose
I am a mother and this is my story about the right to choose. I am a mother of two beautiful smart kids... A daughter 11 and a son almost 17.
About a year ago I found myself in a very difficult situation. I was 37 years old, had just moved cross country from Florida to Minnesota to start a new life. I should qualify this story, first of all, by saying that I have cervical cancer and no health insurance. I need a hysterectomy and I don't have the 40 grand to do this thing on my own. I was diagnosed 3 years ago, when I had health insurance, and underwent the treatment for it, but the tumor reappeared after the treatment. Unfortunately after I lost my insurance.
So back to the story. After moving to Minnesota, I discovered to my horror that I was pregnant. I was told by doctors that I could not get pregnant, but despite Depo Provera and the doctors opinions of not being able to concieve, I found myself pregnant. I was 20 weeks pregnant by the time I found out. Because having a cervical tumor causes bleeding all the time. I had no idea I was pregnant.
I was faced with the most difficult choice of all. I have no insurance and would be thrown to the mercy of the welfare system and the doctors they would choose or to find a doctor to do a late term abortion, no easy task. I consulted a doctor where I lived and discovered that the chances were very real that I would bleed to death if I carried this pregnancy any longer. So I was faced with the decision to terminate the pregnancy or carry this pregnancy and die. That was very a difficult choice for me, the hardest choice for me. But I did what I thought was right. Put yourself in my place , Can you imagine that choice? Death was a real possiblity for me and a very slow death.
I chose to find a doctor. I found a doctor, a heroine that has been a women's rights advocate for decades and marched with Dr. King... I endured a lengthy procedure that DID NOT INVOLVE SCISSORS... despite what the right wing christian crazies would have you believe it was not like what they tell you, nothing like it. I chose to save my own life instead of bleeding to death.
Roe v. Wade is one of the most important pieces of women's rights legislation ever enacted. I truly believe with every fiber of my being, I would not be here typing this blog entry if women did not have the right to choose.
I chose to live to fight for every woman's right to make the choice I did.
I am a mother and this is my story.