Michael Seward: Abortion access for all women is common sense

Published: 7/8/2021 10:16:58 AM

If we want convenient abortion access for women, it should apply to all women. What was described in Carrie N. Baker’s guest column, “Increasing gender equity through abortion pills on campus,” June 24) was not about equity. It was about unequal access to the abortion pill — access for women in college.

“Students deserve to have a familiar place to access the abortion health care they need with nurses and doctors they already know and who have their medical records,” the column read. “Students should not have to get on buses and travel long distances to pick up an abortion pill from strangers.”

If research shows that access to contraception improves a women’s educational attainment, then convenient access for all women should be pursued. Women who are already students aren’t more important. They don’t deserve more than those not in school in an equitable society. Such a pursuit only exacerbates racial and economic inequality.

One would think that was common sense.

Michael Seward


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