"Fight for Our Rights" was born in order to house public letters to Alaskan political leaders and to the newspapers and constituents of the state opining that forcing women to undergo the additional troubles of a forced ultrasound is unacceptable. This website, newly crafted, has been thoughtfully and carefully put together in order to visibly oppose legislation like Senator Coghill's Senate Bill 191, "An Act requiring ultrasound before abortion" (2012, 27th Legislative Session). In order to protect women from the blatant abuse of power in the hands of the Legislature, public action must be taken. Write to your senators, your representatives, your friends and neighbors, your newspapers, to anyone. Fight for women's rights not to know, not to add to their pain at the behest of those in office. It is not only a women's right or abortion issue - it becomes an individual's worry, regardless of gender. When will it stop? When will politicians stop using the people they are elected to represent as pawns in their plans and recognize us as people with rights?
There have been articles written by women recently, accounting their experiences with these kind of laws. In her article "The Right Not To Know" from the 'Texas Observer', freelance author and mother Carolyn Jones tells us the harrowing story of her traumatic experience with Texas' own anti-abortion bill requiring an additional ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period before the abortion itself.
"My counselor said that the law required me to have another ultrasound that day, and that I
was legally obligated to hear a doctor describe my baby. I’d then have to wait 24 hours before
coming back for the procedure. She said that I could either see the sonogram or listen to the
baby’s heartbeat, adding weakly that this choice was mine.
“I don’t want to have to do this at all,” I told her. “I’m doing this to prevent my baby’s
suffering. I don’t want another sonogram when I’ve already had two today. I don’t want to
hear a description of the life I’m about to end. Please,” I said, “I can’t take any more pain.” I
confess that I don’t know why I said that. I knew it was fait accompli. The counselor could no
more change the government requirement than I could. Yet here was a superfluous layer of
torment piled upon an already horrific day, and I wanted this woman to know it."
Carolyn goes on to tell more about her experience. Her heart-wrenching story about her encounter with the overreach of Texas' state power evokes sympathy, empathy, and even anger. Finally, she asks her readers, "What good is a law that adds only pain and difficulty to perhaps the most painful and difficult decision a woman can make? Shouldn’t women have a right to protect themselves from strangers’ opinions on their most personal matters? Shouldn’t we have the right not to know?"