As a teen, Phillips had an abortion in Arizona and since then the state has adopted strict measures to discourage women from undergoing the procedure. “If I were that same 15-year-old in Arizona today, legally I would have to get parental consent,” she said when testifying on Capitol Hill. “I would be forced to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound, go to a state-mandated in-person counselling session designed solely to shame me into changing my mind, and then take a state-mandated 24-hour time-out to make sure I really know what I wanted. And finally, I would be forced to give this state a reason why.”
Phillips is asserting that no woman, no matter what age, should have to provide the state with a reason why they choose to get an abortion. Simply put: every woman should have bodily autonomy in any circumstance. “I am so sad that we have to sit here in front of a row of politicians and give deeply personal statements,” she added. “Because the ‘why’ doesn’t matter. It should not matter. I am a human being that deserves autonomy in this country that calls itself free, and choices that a human being makes about their own bodies should not be legislated by strangers who can’t possibly know or understand each individual’s circumstances or beliefs.”
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