One of the greatest things you can do is to recognize your privilege. Probably like most young people my age who are the children of the sexual revolution, I have had more than one “pregnancy scare” since I started having sex. However, as a college graduate with a full time job, health insurance, and proximity to more than one reproductive health clinic, the thought of being pregnant wasn’t as life-halting as it can be for a lot of people. The last time I thought I might be pregnant (pre-IUD), I looked into the costs and availability of obtaining an abortion, realized it would be something I could manage, and felt somehow more in control of the situation.
I know, however, not everyone has the same resources that I do. The truth is that the abortion access is qualified by economic eligibility and that pregnant people without the means to travel to or afford services from an abortion provider are forced to remain pregnant or worse, seek other (read: less safe) options. The fact that people have to put their lives in danger because they can’t afford the medical services they need should make you as livid as it makes me.
The average cost of raising a child born in 2013 up until age 18 for a middle-income family in the U.S. is approximately $245,340. The backward logic that a pregnant person without the means to afford an abortion will be able to afford the cost of raising a child reinforces the wage disparity problems we have in the U.S. today. Even beyond the ability to afford to raise a child, the ability to decide if a low-income pregnant person would like to be a parent is removed when economic barriers to abortion are enforced.
I DCAF because we believe that an individual is the decision-maker of their life and should not be denied one’s reproductive rights because of politicized barriers. I wanted to belong to a nation-wide network of people who believed in the same things that I do, and who would work every day to connect people with the resources that they need.
By volunteer Bee W.