Today is National Blog for Choice Day and, although I don’t have a lot of time today, I really want to contribute! So, this is going to be short and sweet.
I am pro-choice because I believe that everyone should be able to live life based on their own beliefs provided, of course, that they are not infringing upon another person’s ability to do the same. To put it simply: I believe that your right to choose [whatever] extends all the way to the point where it encroaches on someone else’s right to those same opportunities and choices.
For example: I don’t agree that anyone has the right to choose to assault someone else, because your decision to do so causes unwanted harm to that other person. On the other hand, I don’t have an issue with consenting adults taking part in BDSM, which can sometimes hurt and cause lasting injury, because in this context their actions are something that both parties mutually desire and, thus, no one is effected in a way that they did not want or having their free-will infringed upon.
Abortion works the same way, at least in my opinion. A woman’s choice to abort, parent, or adopt does not directly effect anyone but HER. If your moral code tells you abortion is wrong then you can follow that code by not getting an abortion if you become pregnant. Someone else’s moral code may not have a problem with abortion, and no harm will come to you if they get that abortion. Thus, you shouldn’t have a say in that situation.
Before any anti-choicers jump in I just want to say that I personally do not believe that this principle applies to the fertilized egg present at the very beginning of a pregnancy, or the zygote, or the fetus because at the time that most abortions take place the fetus cannot live independently of the pregnant woman. It cannot make decisions. Most of the time it doesn’t even have a heartbeat yet, nor can it feel pain. I understand that we do not see eye-to-eye on this point, and I doubt we ever will… but that’s the point that I am trying to make here. Thanks to the choice provided by Roe v. Wade the law in the United States currently allows us BOTH to exercise our opinions [with the exception of people who don’t have the means to afford an abortion or the prenatal care recommended for carrying a pregnancy to term].
I truly appreciate the work of the many people responsible for fighting for reproductive justice (and social justice in general) every day. Thank you all for making the world a happier, freer place!