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Senator Wendy Davis Stands Up: Reproductive Health Rights and Choices Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on June 26th, 2013

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Senator Wendy Davis Stands Up: Reproductive Health Rights and Choices

Health | Choice | Abortion

Standing Up for Reproductive Rights

Senator Wendy DavisTwice in the last two blogs I’ve mentioned abortion.


In the three and a half years that I’ve been writing PathtoFertility, I may have mentioned abortion a dozen times. There was at least one blog completely devoted to abortion that I can recall.


Today, June 26, 2013, abortion is all over the news.


Senator Wendy Davis in Texas stood up for what she believed was best for the men and women in Texas.


She stood and she stood and she stood. I’m not sure if she stood for eleven hours or thirteen.


Senator Davis, Photo (Flickr): Tracy Nanthavongsa


Of course it matters, which one it was, but after the third hour, how much does it really matter?


No bathroom. No sitting. No eating. NO LEANING.


She stood up for what she believed.


Whether you agree with her or not, whether you support abortion rights for women or not, I’d like to believe that most of us would respect standing up for what we believe.


Abortion and reproductive rights and reproductive health and infertility and fertility treatment are woven together. That may be a very unpopular statement to make here. You all are trying your hardest to conceive; how dare I compare that to abortion.


Here’s how.

Reproductive Choices Under Fire, Including Fertility Treatment Options

Reproductive choices are being threatened all over the country in a myriad of ways. Threatened in ways that span from banning abortion--effectively telling women that they do not have the right to make decisions concerning their own bodies--to bestowing legal rights to an embryo as a fully fledged person. Our concerns about conceiving, using fertility treatment and ART (assisted reproductive technology) include many issues that are coming under fire.


To name a few:


  1. Freezing embryos that are not transferred
  2. Disposal of frozen embryos that are unused
  3. Legal rights to embryos
  4. Selective reduction in a case of multiple pregnancy


Those are just a few that come to mind easily.


Do you have to agree that an abortion is necessary after twenty weeks of pregnancy?




Do we have to consider that it’s the individual woman’s choice to make?


I think, yes.


Do we have to think ahead and see where this is leading us in terms of reproductive choices?


That’s a slam dunk for me.




Today, I do applaud Senator Wendy Davis for standing up for what she feels (and has been told) is what her constituents want. What in fact, they have elected her to do.


Agree with her or not. Standing up for what you believe, for supporting others that believe, for 11 to 13 hours is something that I find inspirational.


Gives me a little extra courage today for standing up for my beliefs.


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About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.