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It’s OK to hate abortion but it’s not OK to take a choice away from someone simply because you don’t like it

Stefanie Preissner


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Women protest against the six-week abortion ban at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Women protest against the six-week abortion ban at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Women protest against the six-week abortion ban at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

The Supreme Court of Mexico recently ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion as a crime. It’s a landmark ruling that might pave the way for Mexico to become the largest South American country to legalise abortion (currently, in Mexico, only Mexico City, and three Mexican states allow abortion). It’s phenomenal when you consider that only a few miles away across the US border, the state of Texas has passed legislation prohibiting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. When are people going to stop trying to police women’s bodies?

For those of you who might not know, pregnancy is measured from a woman’s last menstrual period. The average cycle lasts 28 days, but a ‘normal’ cycle can be anything from 21 days to 40 days. The first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. Doctors recommend not taking a pregnancy test until you’ve missed a period because that’s when a test is most reliable. So, if a woman has a 28-day cycle and gets a positive test, she is already four weeks pregnant.


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