Monday, 16 May 2011

why I am pro choice

The abortion debate could be so much nicer than it is. There is no way to compromise because either abortion is legal or it is not, but the debate could go a lot more smoothly.
While there isn’t a nice middle ground where everybody can be happy, there are some tings that we could both agree on. Lowering the rate of unintended pregnancy, for one. We can do this by giving everyone extensive comprehensive sex education and access to reliable, affordable contraception. Another one might be making it easier to raise a child. Less stigma against certain mothers, better healthcare, more affordable childcare. Those would be really nice things to see happen. The pro-life side would get less abortions and the pro-choice side would get people better able to live their lives as they see fit. Win-win, right?
Not for pro-lifers, it’s not. Not only do they oppose abortion, a great deal of them oppose birth control, sex education, and making it easier to raise children. So many of the posts on this blog are examples of pro-life people taking giant leaps backward in progress. It’s become blatantly obvious to me that they really and truly do not care about fetuses. They care about controlling and punishing sexuality. They don’t want us to know about our bodies, to be able to prevent pregnancy, or to be able to raise healthy, happy children. They don’t want us to be able to have sex and get away with it. That’s really what it all boils down to.
Am I wrong, lifers? Do I misunderstand you? Well, go ahead and prove it. You might support pregnancy prevention, but your leaders don’t. Look at what pro-life politicians are doing right now. Look at what pro-life groups are doing right now. I have yet to see a single mainstream pro-life leader who openly supports comprehensive sex education and birth control. Many of them openly oppose both, and the others remain silent so as not to step on any toes. If you think this is wrong, start talking to your leaders. Start making some changes to your movement.
Right now, the only people I see supporting comprehensive sex ed and contraception are the pro-choicers. Cry about how we’re evil and pushing abortion so we can make a profit all you want but we are the ones actually preventing abortions. We’re in clinics teaching girls how to not get pregnant, you’re outside screaming at the ones who already are.
Bolded for emphasis. Your move, pro-lifers.

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