The U.S.’s commitment to human rights involves a rhetorical nod and some half-hearted policy. Theoretically, at least, we believe there are some things that all people should be entitled to regardless of their ability to pay….

But there is no pretense when it comes to abortion. The right to abortion is not a true right in this country. It is treated as a negative right when it’s actually a positive one….

The right to choose without federal funding for abortion is like the right to an education without a public school system. It’s a mean joke.

… [W]omen shouldn’t have to rely on charity in order to control their reproductive lives…. I want abortion to be federally funded now.

~Maya, Feministing, March 8

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