Today’s post is by guest author Michelle Zhang.
I recently read this statement from several people on Twitter, “Today, the greatest sexual assault on women is the assault on her right to choose.”
I’ve seen the comparison over and over again between rape and taking away abortion rights but that comment really hit me. In fact I found it highly insulting and brought me back to a place I would have rather left alone.
It got me thinking, do people actually legitimately think this? Do people who have gone through the traumatizing effects of sexual abuse really honestly think that the taking away of abortion rights would be a worse experience than that?
Or maybe the people who are writing these slogans have never actually been a victim to sexual assault. Maybe they’ve never felt what it is like to have someone else physically take your body and use it for their own pleasure and their own power. Do they not realize how highly insulting it is to be told that I should feel more pain and anguish due to not being able to kill my preborn child than from a man placing his hands on me without my consent?
Sexual assault involves the woman’s body and hers alone. That is something she SHOULD have full control over and no one should ever have the right to take that from her.
Abortion is not just about her body. Abortion involves two bodies.
Pro-choice advocates, kindly never tell me that I should be more traumatized by me losing my “choice” to kill my own child than having my body be taken and used by a man against my will.