I just read a tweet that said people without uteruses should speak out about abortion rights and, well…it reminded me that I’ve been meaning to correct some shit.
Pause…sip coffee (yum!)…continue.
I don’t have a uterus.
As many readers know, I had a hysterectomy in November and said “See ya!” to my uterus and around 5 pounds of fibroid tumors.
This was a welcome surgery…I feel fantabulous…but I didn’t surrender my Woman Card when they cut my uterus and all that tumor out of me last year.
I had a hysterectomy…I can not have children (that's cool, y'all...I didn't want to)…and I still need services provided by affordable health care providers like Planned Parenthood.
I still need yearly exams.
I still need cancer screenings.
I have endometriosis, so get this – I still need to take birth control pills or the endometriosis (yeah, that shit hangs around even after the uterus is gone) may threaten my remaining ovary!
I still need to protect against sexually transmitted diseases.
I still have a horse in this race.
Let’s cease defining this struggle as a “reproductive rights” struggle...as if the only reason women need these services is to remain capable of reproducing.
Yes, I’m guilty of that shit too...we can work on this together.
And let’s cease defining women as people with uteruses who are capable of reproduction.
Most of those so-called family planning services looks very different when you don’t have a uterus – they look like health care.
Women’s health care needs don’t begin with our first period and they do not end when we cease to have periods, regardless of whether that’s due to hysterectomy or menopause or something else.
This is a health care fight…a worthy fight for all…
...and by the way, this uterus-less bitch has been speaking out about our right to access to the full range of women’s health care services for years.
Have a great weekend!