During my senior year of high school I met the cackling sneer of the political and religious right face to face. Now, it seems, West Virginia's women are being forced to do the same.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's attacks on West Virginian women have gone too far. Morrisey has said publicly that he despises abortion, and immediately upon his election he channeled his hatred for the medical procedure toward his dual X-chromosomed constituents. He is pushing safety to the wayside in a quest to facilitate the implementation of his own agenda rather than what is representative of the needs and desires of the people of West Virginia. History has proven that when abortion is illegal, unaffordable or inaccessible it becomes unsafe. Apparently, Patrick Morrisey has ignored this trend, and by doing so, has ignored the health and physical and financial safety of West Virginia women and their families.
For years before the historic Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade, women were subjected to the horrors of often-botched back-alley abortions. The primary "medical tool" of choice: a metal coat hanger. Throughout the course of these completely unsanitary procedures, thousands of women died or were rendered infertile. Should Patrick Morrisey succeed in his venture to deny women access to adequate reproductive choice health care, West Virginia's female population may be doomed to suffer the same fate as so many women before us.
As voters, taxpayers and (most importantly) proud citizens of West Virginia, the women of our state deserve better. We cannot and we must not go back. No woman should be forced to choose between being able to feed her already large family (because, believe it or not, babies are expensive and oftentimes a single-income minimum wage household is hard to float) and her own health, or even her life. We live in the 21st century. Women should have equal access to outpatient procedures regardless of their nature, be it abortion, wisdom tooth extraction or even plastic surgery.
Over the summer, I collected an interesting pin that I pray Attorney General Morrisey takes a moment to read: "Against Abortion? Don't Have One."
What any woman does with or to her body is of no concern to anyone but herself. That being said, I must make the statement that, given his god-given lack of a uterus, Patrick Morrisey has no right to interfere with mine.Campbell, of Elkview, is a student at Wellesley College.