the age of consent here is 16, and what with the four-year policy, you can legally have sex when you’re 12 years old.
you can have sex in my state when you are 12 years old, but you can’t have access to over the counter emergency contraception until you’re 17. that doesn’t even make fucking sense. even if you are going by 16, the actual age of consent, that still makes no fucking sense.
I am 16 years old. I could go out and fuck whoever I want to, essentially, as long as they are willing and not in a position of power over me. and I could get pregnant and have an abortion without telling my mom or without telling my doctor.
but I can’t prevent a pregnancy? I can’t decide for myself whether or not I want a baby until I am already pregnant?
that’s fucked up.
what happens when we girls turn 17 years old? what new information do we wake up with that suddenly makes us able to make such a choice for ourselves - a choice that we apparently weren’t capable of making the day before?
let’s say I have sex and god forbid, the condom breaks. for whatever reason I can’t tell my mom. I have to WAIT however many torturous weeks until I can discover whether or not I actually am pregnant, and, if I am, I will have to undergo the very procedure these conservatives are arguing so fiercely against.
in the words of nick kristof - contraceptives no more cause sex than umbrellas cause rain.