Pro-Choice ≠ Pro-Abortion
What can’t people seem to understand about this? Pro- CHOICE means supporting a woman’s right to choose, whether she chooses motherhood or abortion, or even adoption.
Choice also covers access to affordable birth control and sex education; it isn’t solely an abortion issue. In fact, there are many Pro-Choicers who are anti-abortion. People who call themselves Pro-Life fail to realize that essentially, we’re on the same side. Pro-Choice doesn’t mean we want the abortion rate to go up. We want it go down too, but in oder for that to happen, birth control access and sex education has to improve.
The very term Pro-Life exists solely to undermine the word of the Pro-Choice, based on semantics alone. What is opposite of Pro-Life? Anti-Life. And that is NOT what being Pro-Choice is about. So let’s call the Pro-Lifers what they really are, shall we? Anti-Choice.
Today I engaged in a discussion over deadbeat dads and how we need to be stricter about child support. I mostly agree. But let’s turn that and flip it on its head: Imagine that all these laws that the Republican right are fawning over come to be. We’re living in a society where birth control is nonexistent, and of course abortion is illegal. A woman – one who has no desire to be a mother – then gives birth to a child. Again, wanting nothing to do with it, she signs over all rights to the father. But now, the government comes stalking her for child support, and now she is forced to pay for something that she didn’t even want but the government forced her to have.
Not to mention, she probably already had to foot the bill for all medical expenses incurred while pregnant.
Georgia Rep. Yasmine Neal (D), has finally called men out on their bullshit. Rep. Joe Walsh recently said that the birth control debate is “not about women,” but how would he respond to females saying vasectomies are not about men?
Neal is trying to introduce legislation that would outlaw vasectomies except for the case in which a man’s health is at stake. “It is patently unfair that men can avoid unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly; while women’s ability to decide is constantly up for debate throughout the United States.”
Men feel like she’s joking. Why is it funny that someone would take steps to make a vasectomy illegal, when that’s what some people want to do with basic birth control? More from our best friend Mr. Rick Santorum:
“One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”
What exactly are you trying to say here, Ricky? That only heathen sluts want to be on birth control so they can participate in wild slutty orgies? The dangers of contraception? License to do things? Huh? Things like what? Like enjoy intimacy with your partner while maintaining control of your reproduction? While deciding on the size and timing of your family? Never mind the fact that 89% of Catholic women use effective (hormonal) birth control. Are you saying that they’re trying to do things in an ‘unnatural’ sexual realm?
Let’s take this a step further. Who the hell is to decide ’how things are supposed to be’ when it comes to consensual adult sexual activity? And what does that mean? Is girl on top allowed?
How can anyone in their lucid mind not see all of this as a blatantly open attack on women? I’m repeating it again, ladies, go buy the Handmaid’s Tale so that you’ll know what to expect. If you have a Kindle or even a Kindle app on your phone, I bought a Kindle copy, and I’ll be more than happy to give you my log-in so you can just download it through my archive. This was a fictional novel, gentlemen, not a damn instruction manual.