Women in Missouri are  forced to go to different states or travel hours for abortions due to the fact that the only Planned Parenthood in the state is in St. Louis. 

Sadly, this isn’t an isolated case, as 49 abortion clinics in the U.S. were shut down in 2017, and 77 percent have shut down since 1991. This leaves women all over the nation in precarious situations. 

The inability to get an abortion can affect a woman’s life in so many ways — mentally, physically or financially. It can even be fatal if they choose to have an illegal one performed out of desperation. 

There’s no reason a woman should be left to suffer and have a pregnancy that could potentially harm her just because they don’t have access to an abortion clinic. 

To people who are pro-life, this lack of abortion clinics can be seen as a victory because there is kess access to these procedures 

But what they don’t realize, is that if they themselves aren’t getting an abortion, it isn’t affecting their life in any way. 

Yet, their protesting and pushing is for taking a step back and taking a woman’s reproductive rights once more. 

No one goes in and gets an abortion without a second thought — that would be next to impossible — it sticks with them for their entire life.

It is something people contemplate beforehand and usually have performed with a heavy heart. 

It is not something that people view as a form of birth control. 

It’s a woman’s right to do what she wants or needs with her body, and that includes what she carries in her uterus. 

The unavailability of Planned Parenthood is just a step away from infringing on those rights and severely limits women. 

What a woman does with her body should be her choice and her choice alone. 

Yet, unfair limits are being put on those rights due to a variety of factors leading to the closing of Planned Parenthoods all over the nation.

The worst part is, within the government, it is mainly old men, who don’t have uteruses calling the shots, on what women should do with theirs. They are the ones pushing for the oppression of women once more. 

Is that their right? No.

The choice as to whether a woman should get an abortion should be left up to her — not a politician, not someone who is pro-life or choice  — but her and only her.

And to those pushing for this legislation. if it is not your body, then why are you concerned about it?

 It is as simple as not getting an abortion for yourself. Then you don’t have to worry about it. 

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