Heard About Government-Forced Pregnancies?

by Mae Currell

In the midst of the variety of shitty shit going on, have you heard about government-forced pregnancies?

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Photo by Kayla Velasquez

Perhaps not, but they are happening around you every day, and representatives in your state are lobbying for more of them.

If you haven’t heard about them, it’s likely a question of terminology.

Here’s the simple reality of government-forced pregnancies:

A government-forced pregnancy is a pregnancy that must be carried to term – whatever that may mean – in any set of circumstances because the government requires it.

1. Any set of medical circumstances

It is a pregnancy that must be carried to term in any set of medical circumstances, even if it’s going to kill the woman.

2. Any set of financial circumstances

It is a pregnancy that must be carried to term in any set of financial circumstances, even if the woman has no money for prenatal (or postnatal) care.

3. Any set of relationship circumstances

It is a pregnancy that must be carried to term in any set of relationship circumstances, regardless of how the woman feels about it.

Or the girl. Because even if she’s 12, she will have to remain pregnant if she’s pregnant.

Even if she was raped by her uncle, she will have to be pregnant because the government will force her to.

Does that sound horrible?

Does to me.

But if¬†it doesn’t sound horrible to you, try the inverse (after you’ve checked to see if your brain and heart are functioning.)

The inverse

What if the government mandated abortions?

What if the only pregnancies were government-approved?

What if the government reviewed pregnancies and determined whose got to stay and whose had to go?

“Nope,” the committee¬†might say, “too risky.”

Or, “Nope. You don’t have enough money. Might be a drain on the state.”

It is terrifying to involve the government at this level of our lives, not to mention achingly immoral to inflict our beliefs about “who should be pregnant” onto each other.

And that is the reality of every piece of anti-choice legislation.

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