MY choice, dammit!

14 thoughts on “MY choice, dammit!”

  1. When I first heard about the abortion vigilante bill in Texas, I immediately thought of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes. If all the woman of Texas could band together and employ the same strategy, perhaps the legislature would soon be pressured by their male constituents to change their minds. Probably won’t happen but I had fun imagining it.

  2. That’s one of the biggest things that irk me about the “pro-life” people who are really “pro-fetus”: they really seem married to the idea that most women use abortion as birth control. Few women actually do. For most, it’s a very serious decision that they struggle with; not a single woman I know who had an abortion took it lightly, and at least two of them were ectopic pregnancies (which, despite that effort in Ohio sometime ago to require it), cannot be re-implanted and can kill the woman. Abortions in later pregnancy are nearly always out of necessity, and women who carried those babies that long fully expected to get a child out of the pregnancy. It’s not a clear-cut, black/white, good/evil issue despite the “pro-life” crowd trying to make it that way. The way to get fewer abortions has been paved by other nations: fewer restrictions, easily accessible contraception, and sex education. The women who can afford it in states like Texas will just head elsewhere to have abortions. Will they be reported? Naw. The people who know about it don’t need $10,000.

    1. The minute that Texas law went into effect, Colorado began preparing for an influx of women seeking abortions. There are no restrictions here and nobody will be reported.

      Easily accessible contraception and sex education are key, as you said. My dad was an ob/gyn and he understood that when he co-founded the Planned Parenthood chapter in our city. Poor women especially needed those services — contraception and sex education. I don’t know if he actually did abortions; what he was doing was preventing the need for them. That was always the objective. I am decidedly not pro-abortion (despite what pro-lifers want you to believe); I am pro-choice. And that choice belongs to the pregnant woman, not to some third party who doesn’t even know her. The right to choose includes all women — even pro-lifers.

      1. Same for me. I’ve yet to find anyone who’s “rah-rah, yea, abortions!” I wouldn’t have one, but that doesn’t mean I should get to say some other woman can’t have one.

      2. At my age I can only speak hypothetically, but whether or not I opted to have one would depend on the circumstances. And I can think of a lot of different circumstances.

... and that's my two cents