Unless we can freely decide whether to continue a pregnancy, it is impossible for us to control our lives, to enjoy our sexuality, and to participate fully in society.

While there are more contraceptive options now than ever before, no birth control method is 100 percent effective, and access to reproductive health information and services is unevenly distributed, geographically and economically, both in the United States and worldwide. In addition, gender inequality, coercion and violence make it impossible to always be able to choose or control when we have sex.

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More than half of all U.S. pregnancies are unintended. No one should have to remain pregnant or become a mother against her will. Each of us must be able to decide whether or not to continue a pregnancy based on what we believes is best for our own unique situation. Our ability to make these personal decisions should not be restricted by the government, religious institutions, or any individual.

Abortion rights opponents in the United States have succeeded in placing many obstacles in the way of women who seek abortions. While this might sound like a way ahead, it might just also be a step backward. Which side are you in ?