Marta Sanchez 
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Re: “Todd Akin's comments about 'legitimate rape' are outrageous and embarrassing

Just as "gay marriage" polls show different results than "legalizing gay relationships," I'm fairly certain your Gallup poll results claiming 51% of people are pro-life have more to do with the wording of the poll than a shift in viewpoint.

I am pro-life, and pro-choice. I am NOT pro abortion. I dont want a world with more abortions. I believe in the right to chose, to have access to a safe abortion if i need one.

I say that because I value life, and know first hand how demanding and intense it is to be a mother. My 2 year old son is asleep in my lap as I write this.

I say this because I should have also have a sixteen year old child but thanks to ignorance pushed by the church, and stigma placed by society on the topics of both rape and abortion I fell silent victim to a forced abortion at the age of 16.

Sweet sixteen. That is the year i was raped, illegitately if we ask Todd Akin, because I became pregnant as a result. I was so depressed that when my mom found out i was pregnant and told me there was nothing to think about, I just went along with her plan to terminate my pregnancy.

You see I had been so misinformed by my catholic school, I thought it was highly likely I'd die during the abortion. I never thought I'd have to face life on the other side of the procedure. Turns out abortion is safer than childbirth. I repeat, more women die in labor than during an abortion.

At that age I knew that my great-grandaunt, valedictorian of her high school, died at 17 as a result of an abortion with a hanger. Then, I didn't realize how much the pro-choice movement was about granting access to SAFE abortions, so that wouldn't happen any more.

Women will once again begin to die unnecessarily if we go back to criminalizing abortion.

What we are discussing isn't whether abortion should happen. It's whether they should happen safely for ALL women. No one is pro-abortion. We have all seen the sonograms, heard the heartbeats, imagined those babies fingers wrapped around our pinkies.

Unlike with Akin, it is not ignorance that leads us to our decisions. It is wisdom, knowledge, and compassion. As women we are most informed about our bodies and our lives. We are best informed to make our own crucial decisions at times of crisis.

We are pro-choice. We want access to abortion for all women, not just wealthy women who have, can, and will always find someone qualified to do perform one safely.

Abortion is a last resort when factual information, birth control, and all our best efforts fail to prevent pregnancy for women who aren't ready to be mothers. As a rape survivor I'm grateful for Todd Akin's comments. He highlights exactly what lays ahead for us if President Obama is not re-elected.

I definitely don't want anyone who thinks like Akin responsible for what happens between my legs. Do you?

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Posted by Marta Sanchez on August 29, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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