Teen Mag Says Nothing Wrong With Getting an Abortion
In a tedious April 9th article titled "Georgia's Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Ban Is an Example of Shame Perpetuated Through Legislation," columnist Isabell Gomez Sarmiento argued shaming people is worse than extinguishing life.
Claiming abortion is health care, Sarmiento wants support for it “regardless of the circumstances,” even going so far as to reject any notion that abortion is undesirable as unnecessary stigma:
Both with legislation like HB 481 and with the rhetoric even in the pro-choice movement that no one "wants" an abortion, the procedure is framed as a person’s last resort, a volatile and traumatic decision that someone is pushed to when they have no other option. But the truth is, that way of thinking continues to stigmatize a completely normal medical procedure by sustaining the idea that there’s something wrong with getting an abortion. There isn’t, but legislation like HB481 reinforces the idea that there is.
Sarmiento is proud to declare, “As a young Latina in the South, I’ve worked hard to take agency over my sexuality and distill any shame attached to my actions.” She asserts, “I have sex because I know I deserve to feel pleasure even if I don’t want to have a child, and because it’s up to me to decide what I do with my body,” but then paradoxically seems horrified at the prospect of having to use birth control. “As a sexually active person with a uterus, the sweeping anti-abortion legislation taking effect both in my state and across the country delivers a terrifying reality: I either need to find a long-term birth control option that is compatible with my body, or I could very well face forced motherhood.” What is terrifying about finding a long-term birth control solution? It sounds as if she was planning to use abortion as birth control.
Repeating Stacey Abrams’ conspiracy theories about voter suppression, Sarmiento casts aspersions on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who is expected to sign the bill any day now, and dramatically tells teens, “[O]ur state lawmakers seem to be telling those of us with uteruses that we don’t deserve the right to a happy and healthy life if we participate in sexual activities that don’t uphold pregnancy as the end goal.”