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Friday, April 3, 2015

C is for Choice



Choice. That's what it is. It is, in fact, a choice. It is, in fact, my body. A termination is, in fact, a medical procedure. Neither an embryo nor a fetus are, in fact, a baby.

I don't need to waste time with attempts to counter the "pro-life" narrative because it is all insincere and irrelevant. As detailed here, with the despicable actions of State Representative and proud Tea Partier, Justin Harris, the hypocrisy of their assertions affords their argument no merit. And furthermore, every discussion from their platform detracts from the only valid point: It's my body. It's my choice.

I could certainly empathize with a man if he wanted to have a child and the woman chose to terminate. There are many legal issues where both sides are understandable, however only one person can be victorious. It always has to be the woman in this instance even though it means pushing the fathers will aside. The alternative is unacceptable. The rights of the woman have to be what is guarded in this situation as a law can only protect and define one side exclusively.

Upon its founding, American women were deemed property. And, historically, their rights have been secondary, if considered at all. However, the idea of ownership of another persons body was outlawed with the 14th Amendment. This should, thus, negate any one persons claim to the rights of what another can do with their body. My uterus and anything inside of it are mine alone. A man may pass on some sperm or an HPV. Either could end up transforming and growing inside of me. I could end up with an embryo or I could end up with a tumor. Neither of those two things are a human being. Either growth is mine to contend with and its maintenance is solely my own.

Those of us who choose to filter fact from hype know the history of women's health in America. We know that as procedures become harder to obtain, the rates of death and infection increase profoundly because desperate women attempt to take care of them on their own. In 2015 there is no reason for a woman in America to receive substandard care because a bunch of politicians want to behave like spoiled children. How one politician can have a steadfast focus on sending a nation to war while, at the same time, demanding to define what rights I have to my own body is outrageous to me. Everyone should be outraged. It is time for all Americans to expect more from their "leaders." We can begin with a loud demand of those politicians who espouse a need for a smaller government and whose current party platform states "far greater emphasis has to be put upon personal responsibility for health maintenance."



11 comments:

  1. acroding to the bible, life starts at birth
    so hook, line and sinker religion right

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  2. I live in the UK and fortunately we do not get such a beating when it comes to choosing abortion but I did experience something myself recently. I was visiting a sexual health clinic to have an emergency coil fitted and this is the place where women go for abortions also and outside were people praying with banners who were against abortion, I felt sad for them, if they cannot see the trauma and challenge involved in such a choice and have compassion and love not judgement, that saddens me. http://www.kellymartinspeaks.co.uk/

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    1. That is very true. The movement bshaves as if a woman who chooses to end a pregnancy does so as easily as she chooses a pair of shoes.

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  3. You know what I find interesting, which has nothing to do about choice, but a woman reporter refers to a fetus in a news story, but when she is pregnant, she refers to her baby. Has nothing relevant to your post. What I don't get is there are so many ways to prevent pregnancy, and granted not everything is 100% reliable to work, but shouldn't those who choose to terminate a pregnancy be a little more careful not to have one to terminate in the first place?

    betty

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  4. I assume that the difference in terminology is because the woman referring to the baby has already accepted and rejoiced in the idea of becoming a mother and is anticipating meeting her child. If that same woman refers to fetus, she probably believes that a baby is not a baby until it is born? I don't know. And I agree! There are way too many people out there getting pregnant that shouldn't be. It should not be common to have an abortion. But it has to be a protected alternative when someone is deciding on their options. We cannot allow a government to define what we are allowed to do with our bodies. (IMHO)

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  5. I agree with your analysis. I HATE that women are still viewed as 'less than' in our society. That we have to fight so hard for things that should be RIGHTS for every human being. Sure I'd like to see fewer abortions, but I'd also like 'abstinence only' sex education out of our schools...
    Did you know that if a woman's abdominal muscles fail to knit themselves back together after pregnancy, the procedure to get them sewn back together so they can HOLD IN HER INTESTINES is considered a 'tummy tuck' and therefore optional surgery not covered by insurance?! You know that if a man's intestines were poking out like that the surgery would be 100% covered! But because it's a 'woman's problem' it's not covered. Oh here I've gone on a rant on your blog. Anyway. Feminist here! Hi!
    :)
    ~AJ Lauer
    an A-Z Cohost
    @ayjaylauer on Twitter

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    1. Hello, fellow feminist. It's lovely to meet you. Thank you for your support!

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  6. My child bearing years are over. Abortion is an option that I will never need, yet I remain a passionate supporter of choice and individual rights. The individual retains the right to make personal choices, not the state or the religious right.

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  7. Freedom to choose. A God-given right. You are very articulate and I agree that " It is time for all Americans to expect more from their leaders" but I doubt very much that our expectations will yield any positive movement. I may be a cynic, but I've given up on expecting our leaders to ever do the right thing for its own sake, if there isn't something in it for themselves.

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    1. I agree. If there is a God, and it's the Christian God, he said he would judge and punish. People spend so much time dictating how others should live their lives they miss opportunities to work on themselves.

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