Tuesday, September 08, 2015

What I Mean When I Say That I am Pro-Choice

A friend of mine posted this little gem on his Facebook page today.

The original poster said something about the "pro-abortion" people.

Let's get something nice and sparkling clear here, kids. Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.

I'm pro-choice but I'm not pro-abortion. In fact, I'm not in favor of abortion at all.

However, it's not my decision. I'm not the person who has to make the determination if carrying an embryo to term is in mine or anyone else's best interest.

It's none of my damned business.

As to the picture itself, nobody on either side of the debate has ever said that something with a prenatal heartbeat isn't alive. The question arises as to whether or not that little bundle of cells is a human being.

If you are "pro-life," then you had damned well better be vegetarian (eating a cow stops a beating heart, y'know) and in favor of comprehensive and accurate sex education.

As for the latter, I can bring that pretty close to home. My grandmother had 10 kids. Among them, they had 28 kids.

Of my grandmother's kids, one was a pretty vocal fundamentalist. You know the type: tries to get books banned from schools, thinks that evolution is a myth, and thinks that the best way to protect her children from the evils of the outside world and the flesh is to provide them as little information as possible.

Of my 26 cousins, can you guess who was the mother of the only one to give birth out of wedlock? And can you guess who was the mother of the only one to be killed in an alcohol related traffic accident?

I don't know much about what happened with the young man who was killed but his sister and I spoke about her child and pregnancy. Apparently, at the age of 17, she had never been told where babies come from. Her mother had so effectively shielded her from this vital piece of information that, when she and her boyfriend had sex, she didn't know what it was they were actually doing nor any of the potential consequences such as STDs and pregnancy. This wasn't all that long ago but in the 1990s (this cousin is about 10 years younger than I am).


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