In the 1960s, women in America fought endlessly so that women today could have the freedoms that they do.
As a young woman, I value political figures who respect my right to make decisions regarding my own health care.
Mitt Romney is not one of these.
If elected, Romney would terminate a woman’s right to make choices for herself about abortion.
No matter the woman’s religious background, circumstance or personal opinion, Romney would not allow abortion.
Eliminating a woman’s right to make her own choices eliminates her freedom.
As president, Romney would work to end the Planned Parenthood program throughout America.
Planned Parenthood is an excellent resource for women of low income.
A woman can go into a Planned Parenthood center and get contraceptives that she wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.
Not only does the Planned Parenthood program help keep the unwanted pregnancy level lower, but it also helps prevent poverty.
If a woman has low-cost access to contraceptives, she can prevent a child until she is economically stable enough to have one.
If abortion is something the woman is against, then contraceptives are the better route.
After completely removing a woman’s freedom to make her own health care decisions, Romney also wants to stop schools from teaching how to use contraceptives.
As president, he wants public schools to teach strictly abstinence in their classrooms.
In a perfect world that would work out just fine, but it is not realistic.
The teen pregnancy rate is already at an all-time high, and by stopping schools from teaching what students might never hear at home it will up the already skyrocketing number of pregnant young adults.
As much as I would like to think that teaching only abstinence would stop teens from participating in such events, I am not that naive.
When asked about states being able to ban contraceptives during one of the first GOP debates in New Hampshire, Romney referred to the matter as “silly.”
Personally, I do not consider states being able to ban birth control a “silly” thing.
As if Romney hasn’t already decided to strip the female gender of their freedoms, he plans to repeal a law passed by President Barack Obama that employer’s insurers must cover birth control.
He believes that if women want their insurance to cover birth control, they should select a place of work whose insurance covers birth control.
Now, in modern America how “silly” is it to have to select your job based on whether or not their insurance covers birth control?
It just isn’t realistic.
In November, I know Romney will not have the votes of many women.
With Romney as president, we will not move forward.
As president he would not care about the reproductive health care concerns of women.
If men and women are equal, why should a woman’s rights to make her own decisions be terminated?
Not only is Romney wrong for women, he is wrong for America.