Who could imagine that an unwanted child could cause so much pain and harm to a woman? Being a nurse for the working class, I see so many horrible injuries women inflict upon themselves because they couldn’t support another child. And it truly pains my heart to see this, because I know that these unwanted pregnancies, and in turn these injuries, could be so easily prevented! I have the knowledge that could help these women, yet I am not allowed to share it. Now where is the logic in that?

They say logic is most often replaced by fear. Who were you afraid of when you passed those laws that did not give me permission to help others? Who scared you into preventing me from speaking freely on matters concerning my own health? Who did you fear when you told women they did not have the rights over their own body? Let me tell you who you should fear. You should fear me.

Because this (gesture) is a sophisticated piece of technology that not anyone can control. I decide who uses it, when they use it, and how many times it’s used, because I am the expert. And no matter what stands in my way, whether it is a law or the entire country, I refuse to let it take these rights away. I refuse to watch as men rip the control of women’s bodies from their hands, silence any objections, and condemn any solution. I refuse to let my body be controlled by anyone but myself.