"You can argue and say that I'm pro-choice all you want, but the truth is: I'm pro-life. Their lives. Women's lives."
A lot has been said about Texas' restrictive new abortion law since it was first proposed, opposed, and eventually enforced earlier this month. While conservatives staunchly support Senate Bill 8 — the most restrictive abortion measure in the nation, the controversial legislation has been heavily criticized by abortion-rights advocates and UN human rights monitors. Among those speaking out against the draconian law was Dr. Eliz Markowitz, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston who teaches undergraduate courses in the Health Education program. Taking to Twitter a few months ago, Markowitz listed 11 reasons why she's a pro-lifer who supports an individual's right to choose whether they want an abortion or not.
Women don’t “get themselves pregnant.” They “get impregnated” by men. Even the words we use place all of the responsibility, blame, and onus for unwanted pregnancies on women and absolve men of even being involved in the process.#TexasWarOnWomen— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@AmoneyResists) September 6, 2021
"In response to the recent legislative action in my state of Texas: I'm not pro-murdering babies. I'm pro-Juanita who found out at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life-sustaining organs," she tweeted. "I'm pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later."
"I'm pro-Nabeeha who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child," Markowitz continued. "I'm pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn't mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal. I'm pro-Melissa who's working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her."
"I'm pro-Nhi who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child. I'm pro-Emily who did IVF, ending up with SIX viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction in order to ensure the safety of her and a SAFE amount of fetuses. I'm pro-Jessica who is FINALLY getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster's child," she wrote. "I'm pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after YEARS of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat."
Texas law bans abortions after a "fetal heartbeat" is detected, but doctors say that term isn't based in science. What an ultrasound detects in an embryo at 6 weeks is electrical activity from cells — not a heart.— NPR (@NPR) September 4, 2021
And that sound? It's made by the machine.https://t.co/LZr4NWfc5E
"I'm pro-Anjaly who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager. I'm pro-Courtney who just found out she's already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding. You can argue and say that I'm pro-choice all you want, but the truth is: I'm pro-life. Their lives. Women's lives. You don't get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted," Markowitz explained.
I didn’t think I could be pushed any further to the edges of rage…..then I saw the photo Texas lawmakers took the day they signed the anti-choice “Heartbeat Bill” into law.— Kendall Brown (@kendallybrown) September 3, 2021
Clustering the few women there at the front is a nice touch!
Look at these absolute ghouls: pic.twitter.com/9AffVsm6O3
"It's not about which stories you don't agree with. It's about fighting for the women in the stories that you do agree with and the CHOICE that was made. Women's rights are meant to protect ALL women, regardless of their situation," she concluded. The new Texas abortion law that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law in May this year, prohibits abortions as early as six weeks — before some women even know they are pregnant — and opens the door for almost any private citizen to sue abortion providers and others. Pro-choice activists have strongly opposed the bill ever since, by pointing out that it would amount to an outright ban on abortions, as the six-week cutoff is just two weeks after a missed menstrual cycle.