Judges at the Supreme Court have ruled that women from Northern Ireland will not be entitled to free abortions on the NHS in England. Why? Because to grant them this would mean a failure to “respect the democratic decision of the people of Northern Ireland”, where abortion is not permitted.
It’s all about honouring the right to choose, providing it’s not individual women who get to do the choosing.
There’s something especially galling about the idea of sovereignty being used to limit women’s reproductive choices. We must respect borders at all costs, unless said borders belong to the female body. The right to self-determination must be acknowledged, except in cases where individual women wish to take control of their own lives. Autonomy is a wonderful thing, as long as it’s never granted grant to real, live, flesh-and-blood women and girls. Let’s all take back control, unless one of us happens to be a pregnant woman, in which case, let’s not.
Read the full post at the Independent.