It’s all about choice

I am really late to the event here but today is Blog for Choice Day and so I am writing about why I feel a woman’s right to choose whether or not to maintain a pregnancy through birth is so important. It isn’t going to be very well written because I’m in a hurry but this, in a nutshell, is how I see this issue.

To those of you who are anti-choice I would ask this question. If you or your daughter or your wife or your sister or a good female friend was jumped one day or night while leaving the movies, the shopping mall, school or just sitting at home; and if that unwanted assault resulted in a pregnancy, do you really, really believe that that woman who never wanted that man’s penis in her body – who never asked to have his seed deposited where it could reach one of her eggs – should have to endure 9 months of pregnancy and then give birth to this unwanted alien? Do you really think that it is a woman’s burden to bear any baby she might conceive regardless of the conditions under which conception was initiated?

And what if it happens because her Daddy gets in her bed at night while Mommy is asleep and tells her he loves her and while sliding down her panties whispers, “don’t cry honey, daddy loves you – this is okay but it’s our little secret” while he forces his penis in her vagina? Or maybe it isn’t her Daddy – maybe it’s her Uncle Bob who is visiting for Christmas or maybe it’s just a friend of her parents. Is she supposed to be forced to have that baby? What if she is only a teenager of 13 or 14?

And what if a woman learns that her baby has an enlarged head and that the size of the baby’s head will kill the mother and the child will never have a fighting chance at any sort of life and will be dead within days of birth? Does that mother have to see it through and hope she lives to tell the tale?

Now try writing legislation that says it’s okay to have an abortion or to take the morning after pill if any of the things listed above happen but not for any other reason. Attempt to write legislation that protects women from having babies that were forced upon them or that will kill them but will make any other kind illegal.

You can’t do it. It isn’t even possible. Even if you could word the legislation correctly how do you enforce that? How can you ever really know? If rape or incest are the only legally allowed pre-conditions for abortion how many false reports of rape do you suppose will be filed? Most rapes go unreported so going to a doctor after the fact and claiming rape and making up a credible story woudn’t be that hard – and to what end?

No – the reason we must forever give women the right to choose is because it is the woman who is having the baby. You can feel horrible about terminated pregnancies. You can see it as an act against God but you who are not the woman effected by the pregnancy have no right to tell her that it is her burden as a woman to endure under any circumstance. The choice must always be hers just as it is today by order of the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

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