I am a card-carrying choice supporter. I have been involved (generally on the periphery, sometimes more directly) with pro-choice activism since I understood what reproductive rights were. A woman’s right to determine her own reproductive life is a no-brainer to me, and here are some reasons why:
1. Having a child is a huge and awesome responsibility. It is a life-altering and transformative experience, and one that, once chosen, can not be undone. I believe that no one should be forced to undertake such a task unless she is emotionally and physically ready for it.
2. What goes on inside a woman’s mind and body are no one’s business but hers and her doctor’s. End of story.
3. No one takes the choice to end a pregnancy lightly. In my experience talking with women and being one, I have never once heard someone speak flippantly about termination. It is ALWAYS a difficult, heart-wrenching decision, one that no one wants to have to make.
4. While some speak about adoption as an easy alternative to abortion, the reality is that it doesn’t work for every situation. Sometimes just carrying a pregnancy is an unsupportable burden for a woman due to circumstances beyond her control.
5. No birth control method is 100% effective, and even abstinence fails in the case of rape. Many young women are ashamed or unable to procure adequate birth control, and many are confused about its proper use. And, let’s face it – some men (young and old) refuse to use condoms.
6. No one has the right to force another to have an abortion (see point 2), and if you don’t want one, don’t have one. But no one has the right to force another to have a child, either. Until you know another person’s life and mind, who are you to say what’s right or wrong for her?
I talk to my daughters about tough things. I hope they trust me enough to come to me if they are ever in trouble, pregnancy-wise or not. I want them to have the opportunity to determine their own courses the through life, without being derailed by an unsupportable pregnancy at any age. It is for them, as well as myself, that I am proudly an choice supporter.