Updated: Sep 1, 2020
I was born and raised in France, where healthcare is considered a basic human right and a citizen's prerogative. Every member of society contributes at one point of their life to bettering and maintaining our social security/ healthcare system. Each paycheck contributes to making healthcare accessible to people in France. Each patient contributes to bettering care and improving our knowledge about conditions. Each person who gets treated for free (or almost) is one more element of public safety, and public health preventing social and economical catastrophe is how I see it, therefore, I am absolutely happy to contribute and get it taken off my paycheck. I do not fuss about covering my mouth when I cough, sneezing away from people's face, washing my hands after a restroom trip or before I eat, wearing a mask during a pandemic....
It's science, it's datas, it's common sense...
Separation of Church and State has been a founding element of my motherland as it is.
One might still find in French people/ mentality/ culture/ moeurs some ugly leftovers of major Religions' influence. Sexism, misogyny and shamings of every possible flavor are still a thing unfortunately,
abortion, contraception, birth related, child and woman care are more than just accessible, they are an uncontested right and very few are the imbeciles who dare being openly against such rights!
When I was in middle school, we studied the reproductive system....just like digestive system and nervous system...it is part of our body. Biology classes at such an early stage in life are meant to teach who you are physically, how your body and you peers body work. It is meant to help you find out "what's up with the world you live in, what's up with you". You study it at that very moment of your existence when your hormonal changes induce behavior changes. All the sudden, there is an increase of knowledge you need to have, decisions you need to take and choices you need to make...all that while your teenager brain thinks you can do everything!
"With great power comes great responsibility"alternatively known as the Peter Parker principle, is a proverb popularized by the Spider-Man comic books written by Stan Lee. yeah I am a bit of a nerd, so what? What is more teenager related than a good comic book?huh?see my transition now?
Becoming and then being an adult is absolutely great and powerful...you can travel, you can earn money, you can spend that money, you can vote (AND YOU F**king SHOULD), you can choose what you want to do with your life, say no, say yes, compromise, negotiate...as a kid, not so much! When you are a child, it is an adult who is responsible for your life. You are only an influence on the choice your guardian makes on your education, your association, your nutrition, your choice in fashion, even "your" religion....
Until you are judged " big enough"and adults cut you some slack... and maybe even get you pocket money or reward to compensate your good/ responsible behaviors: good grades, chores...etc
When I was a kid, I remember the frustration, the anger and the sadness that not having the choice brought me. And lucky for me, my dad who had custody over me and my brother gave me a loooooooot of freedom on a looooot of things and encourage me in making my own decisions and mistakes ( bass guitar lessons really?). I was raised by an intelligent person and surrounded by educated free thinkers, it does take a village to raise a child!We weren't rich but we did ok... And for that I got lucky.
Being brought to this world isn't a choice though, having a decent childhood and life is a privilege. You do not choose to what situation you are born to nor do you choose to be born with a medical condition. Your social background, the society you will grow in, your family members...those are choices and admittedly gambles and your parents are the ones betting. That is when you have access to contraception, prevention, abortion, adoption and child protection.
No one should be forced to give birth, become a parent or be born to parents who never could afford you emotionally, financially, mentally or else and definitely couldn't afford to get rid of the possibility of you even when it existed. whether it is that they couldn't afford it financially or socially is wrong!
All that just because some "big guy" (yeah it's usually mature males) had the idea that our reproductive system only has one purpose: bringing new life.
With the great power of giving life, there is the great responsibility of choosing to!
With every right comes Duty.
It is with the deepest sadness that I know and remind you (hopefully you were aware) that Reproductive Rights are not a given in this world.
France is amazing, at 14 you can go get the pill at planned parenthood for free, doctors will prescribe it to you for more than just you becoming sexually active,acne for instance and they won't even budge about it, most parents either.
But in most countries in this world, INCLUDING "the world's first Nation" it is not yet an undeniable human right!
How insane, in 2020, is it to not have access to a basic medical care?
And how insane is it that; with all the scientific, economic, social information... all the technology and advancement we have access to, that there are still people who, based on superstitious or conspirationist ideas believe that Reproductive Rights are not to exist!
I am proud to be part of a PRO CHOICE community trying to better this world and improve society every single day!
and for that I fully and proudly support the Reproductive right Campaign the Satanic Temple and endorse the Satanic Abortion Ritual