Defending the right to choose an abortion is imperative for men and women. Because I’m a guy, I’ll never have to make the choice about whether to have an abortion. But I stand with the women in my life and support their right to choose because I want to live in a society that treats its members equally and assures everyone autonomy over their own bodies.
I was shocked when I read this article about how underrepresented women are in the Pennsylvania legislature. Only 17 percent of Pennsylvania’s legislators are women, and that means Pennsylvania has a lower proportion of female legislators than 41 other states. So when Pennsylvania’s legislature is making decisions to restrict access to abortion, it’s mostly men who are making that decision. In other words, a small group of people, mostly men, are deciding what another group of people, who are all women, can do with their bodies.
I don’t want Pennsylvania to be a society where legislators take away deeply personal rights from people who aren’t even fairly represented in the government.* To me, that doesn’t seem like equality, and it doesn’t seem like democracy.
*I also don’t want Pennsylvania to be a state where legislators drive people to dangerous pseudo-doctors because the legislators have made safe care too expensive or even illegal. But that’s a post for another day.