My name is Julia and I’m a college student. As a child, I had the privilege of being able to take my recognized status as a person for granted. I believed that I lived in a world where it would be unnecessary for me to ever declare my personhood. However, I have since grown up and realized that this is not the world I thought it was. Now, as a woman and a queer person, it feels vital to make this statement.
I’m really scared by the hyper-conservative turn the political climate in this country has taken. In Ohio, where I live, there will probably be a ballot item next November on fetal personhood, and so I am trying to inform my peers about it. I want everyone to think about what the personhood movement means, not just in terms of access to reproductive health services, but as in ideological statement. I want everyone to question whether this “personhood” that is being offered to clusters of cells is even truly available to all of the already-born people in this country.