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22 January 2008 @ 09:34 pm
It’s National Blog for Choice day  
I’m not political. Not really. I have no facility for debate. I’m flat out bad at it; it strays too close to argument, which has always made me uncomfortable. It’s a rare occasion when I do not retreat from either sort of discussion. Wimpy? Sure. But there it is. What I say next is quasi-political, I suppose, but really borne of personal beliefs. In any event, I felt it was important to say something on this day.

I believe a woman is responsible for her own body. I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I think that taking that right away is irresponsible and short-sighted. I can not foresee a time when I might have to make such a choice, to have an abortion, but I want to know that should I need to - should any woman need to - the option is available, and that the procedure will be done in a safe and professional manner.

And that’s a big part of it, for me. No matter what legislation is passed, no matter what amendments are pushed through, there will be those for whom the decision to have an abortion - legal or otherwise - outweighs the consequences of continuing the pregnancy. Cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s health, disease, or any of a number of other life problems that make it impossible or dangerous for one to carry a child to term... Better that these women, now and in the future, have access to safe and effective medical care.

I don’t think abortion should be used as birth control. I don’t think it should be decided upon lightly. It may be - I’m sure it is - from time to time. But you know, that’s not my call. My call is to let women have control of their bodies and their lives, to answer to their own consciences, to make their decisions. To have the choice.

Also, tammy212 says it better than I ever could.
I feel: hopefulhopeful
Stealth Chaos Butterfly: alicia <3s bunnybunnymcfoo on January 23rd, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
i love you.
Kel: lovely Roseladyjoust on January 23rd, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on January 23rd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
That was nicely done. I certainly agree with you.
Andrewquueer on January 23rd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Awesome blog. Tammy said it differently than you did, but no better or worse.