My child needs a kidney transplant.
I have two kidneys.
The answer is obvious. I should undergo an operation to remove my kidney and fix my child.
At this point in time I need to confess I have no child.
But let’s carry on with this kidney metaphor.
If this kidney op meant that I would have to take a minimum of 6 months off work...
If this kidney op gave me pain and severe stress on my body for around 8 to 40 hours and caused me mental trauma...
If a side effect would mean that I may not have a child later on, on my own terms with a partner of my choice when I was financially able...
No matter what this kidney transplant would mean, the government would not call me a criminal for refusing.
Not even if my child died as a result of that refusal.
She would have died as a DIRECT result of my refusal.
And she is a fully grown 9 MONTH OLD CHILD.
DEAR GOD! Think of the CHILD!
And yet if I get pregnant tomorrow, the embryo inside me holds priority in the pro-lifers eyes.
The government has put the issue of my RIGHT to an abortion under the category of a crime, not health.
Legally, the grounds for abortions are in the Crimes Act 1961 and amendments:
“Serious danger to the life or to the physical or mental health of the mother.
Risk that the child would be severely handicapped, physically or mentally.
Pregnancy as a result of incest or unlawful sex with a guardian.
Severe mental sub normality of the mother. “
After 20 weeks gestation the grounds are more strict:
“To save the life of the mother.
To prevent serious permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the mother.”
So I have to see two doctors to get ticked off as being under mental strain or physical danger, and only then can I see an abortion provider for what I am requesting.
This is NOT ok.
No one has the right to take MY right to life away.
Not an embryo, not the church, not my political leaders, NO ONE.
If I need an abortion, it will be a health issue.
Not a crime.
Let’s make it so.
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