January 22, 2007
Blogging for choice: why I’m pro-choice
Why am I pro-choice? It’s fairly simple, actually: I want to have the freedom to make my own decisions when it comes to my reproductive health and well-being. I want the women I love to have that same freedom. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m younger than Roe v. Wade, which celebrates its 34th anniversary today, but my mother isn’t, and she’s told me stories involving friends or acquaintances of hers and back-alley-type abortions. Just because abortion is illegal doesn’t mean women won’t have them; they’ll simply be more dangerous (which is also something I’ve mentioned before).
Furthermore, three rapid-fire thoughts: I don’t see why it should be anyone else’s business what a woman does with her own body; I don’t believe a zygote should be privileged over a fully-formed human being; and many abortion bans include exceptions that can be difficult to interpret, which then makes me wonder who gets to interpret them and brings me back to the idea that what a woman does with her body should be her own business and no one else’s.
Finally, the bumper stickers that read “Against Abortion? Don’t Have One!” are harsh and oversimplified, but I think they have a point. If abortion is legal, women who are pregnant and don’t wish to be have a choice: they can end the pregnancy or they can bear a child. If abortion is illegal, women who are pregnant and don’t wish to be have no choice but to bear the child, regardless of the health problems or mental duress bearing the child might cause. Quite simply, making the choice available is the course of action that makes the most sense to me, and so I am pro-choice.