By Isabela Gamez
Recent changes in abortion laws in Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio and elsewhere in the United States have stirred emotions and an increase in teen activism around reproductive health care.
“The idea of Roe v. Wade being repealed just scared me so bad...the idea of women not having full control over their bodies,” said Pilar Edilia, an incoming senior at Tucson High Magnet School.
She decided to make her voice heard. Drawing from the days when abortion was illegal and some women inserted coat hangers in their vaginas to induce miscarriages, Edilia said, she knew she wanted to use a coat hanger symbol and wanted a way to raise money.
She met up with a group of friends to make coat hanger earrings out of paper clips, selling them at Tucson High for $5 a pair. Edilia raised $200 in just four days and donated the proceeds to Planned Parenthood.
“I wanted a way for kids who can’t vote to be able to have a voice and get involved,” Edilla said.
“It’s really important that women have a voice and a choice when it comes to their body,” Fife said. “Men in power shouldn’t have a say when it comes to women’s bodies because they can’t ever fully understand.”
Fife took part in the local women’s march on Jan. 20. She said she thought it was an amazing experience and she enjoyed “everyone coming together and supporting diversity, equality, and equity in our society.”
Equity is an issue in the abortion arena. Not everyone has access to abortion in Arizona.