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Limiting abortion access isn’t pro-choice

If the only option is to not have an abortion, then there is no choice.

You can’t be pro-choice while also opposing abortion access.

Being pro-choice means you support a woman’s right to bodily autonomy, to choose what she wants to do to or with her body, to choose whether to terminate or continue a pregnancy.

Lack of abortion access prevents women from making those choices. If no abortion clinic exists in a woman’s city (as is the case in Lethbridge) or if abortion is against the law where she lives, then it’s irrelevant whether that woman wants an abortion.

If the only option is to not have an abortion, then there is no choice.

Imagine you’re eating at a restaurant. You’ve finished your meal, and the server asks if you’d like to see a dessert menu. You say yes, and they hand you a menu with half a dozen items, all of which have mouthwatering photos and enticing descriptions. Then the waiter says, “Just so you know, the only desert we have available today is vanilla ice cream.”

That’s what being pro-choice looks like when you want to limit abortion access. Limiting access is limiting choice.

If you oppose abortion, then admit that you’re anti-abortion. If you want to limit women’s access to abortion, then don’t hide your misogyny behind a thin veil of counterfeit feminism.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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