Choices Choices Are No Fun…

21 Mar

Last month, after an upsetting phone conversation with her estranged husband, Ms. Taylor became light-headed and fell down a flight of stairs in her home. Paramedics rushed to the scene and ultimately declared her healthy. However, since she was pregnant with her third child at the time, Taylor thought it would be best to be seen at the local ER to make sure her fetus was unharmed.

Alone, distraught, and frightened, Taylor confided in the nurse treating her that she hadn’t always been sure she’d wanted this baby, now that she was single and unemployed. She’d considered both adoption and abortion before ultimately deciding to keep the child. The nurse then summoned a doctor, who questioned her further about her thoughts on ending the pregnancy. Next thing Taylor knew, she was being arrested for attempted feticide. Apparently the nurse and doctor thought that Taylor threw herself down the stairs on purpose.

The pro-life movement isn’t about saving lives, it’s about taking autonomy and decision making power from women. If you’re a woman who would never have an abortion, I support you.  I hope I never have to have one.  However, there is no need to make laws which force women to make your decision.

Being anti-choice is like someone mandating veganism for the whole country because they ‘know’ better and don’t trust you to be smart enough to also make that ‘right’ choice.  Anti-choice-ness is the taking away of women’s decision making power because women aren’t capable of being smart decision makers.  As a smart female decision maker I could never support it.

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