Back in high school, the girls restroom was the place to be. That's where the seniors would share their wisdom of life. I used to love listening to them give advice to the younger students until the topic became about unplanned pregnancies. One girl thought she was pregnant so the others told her about a method that all the girls use. Bleach and Vinegar. You see, if you mix bleach and vinegar together all your problems will be solved.
Now, abortions are nothing new. Even that sentence sounds weird-abortions are nothing new. I talk about it like an everyday occurrence (which it is), 30% of women in the US will have an abortion by the age of 45 and there has been about 1.06 M abortions performed in the US. There is also a study that says, since 2011, teen pregnancy and abortions have reached an all time low. Those are the stats that have been reported, the thing that scares me is the ones that aren't reported. In the 21st century ,women and teens are still using unsafe methods of abortion and why? It's because, in a society that allows you to carry a concealed weapon in public, women's health and abortions are taboo subjects. It doesn't matter if your pro-choice or pro-life, or even for or against the defunding of Planned Parenthood; we as a society need to start educating ourselves on the importance of abortion safety, sexual health, and teaching teens topics that deal with health and their bodies (this includes boys and girls).
Now, as someone who graduated 8 years ago, I wonder about the damages that the bleach and vinegar may have caused to the health and bodies of those same girls in the restroom. I also wonder who started that trend? If it's still a trend or if young teens and women have been taught other methods.
This is my hope: That I will be able to learn more about the subject, help women in need, and that abortion and women's health will become less of a taboo because, in this day and age, there are still pictures like the one above asking people to practice safe abortion methods.
Visit Guttmacher Institute to learn more about sexual and reproductive health https://www.guttmacher.org/ and Planned Parenthood for questions on Women's Health https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
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