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Reproductive Freedom

The debate about pro-life versus pro-choice is a hotly contested one.  To me, the single most important thing that needs to be kept in mind is that pretty much everyone wants to see the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions drop.  Once we have that established, the question is not so much “are you pro-life or pro-choice?” but “how can we reduce the number of abortions?”

First and foremost, I am a strong proponent of making sure free, safe, and effective birth control is available to the public regardless of their insurance situation.  Studies in both Missouri and Colorado have shown that teen pregnancy rates plummet when this is implemented.  The abortion rate in the study in St. Louis dropped when young women were given free access to reliable, long term birth control.  The state of Colorado saved over $70 million dollars in their state budget from not having to provide social services to babies born from teenage moms.

Freedom of bodily autonomy is incredibly important.  I believe that freedom in this case means that the government does not get to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own body.  While there are many factors to be considered leading up to a decision regarding this choice, the final decisions about reproductive freedom should be between a woman and her doctor.  Not the government.

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