I wrote another version of this type of text which I posted earlier. It had a rude tone to it, and in order to prevent anyone from getting offended, I deleted it. I do apologize for the negativity in the earlier post.
Reproductive freedom is a controversial topic. In this post, I will establish my stance on reproductive freedom. Before I discuss it in length, I’d like to clarify a few things for those of us who may be confused. Abortion is the termination of an unwanted pregnancy. The majority of abortions are done in the first trimester. A fetus is not a person, it’s not even a baby; a fetus is an undeveloped, non-sentient, unborn clump of cells whilst a baby is a born human being.
I am pro-choice; a belief that human beings should have the right to control their own bodies. Many of my friends are “pro-life”, the correct term being anti-choice. Anti-choice is the belief that a fetus takes priority over a sentient, conscious, human being; in other words, the belief that people should be denied the right to abortion. I personally am not a huge fan of the term “pro-life” being used instead of “anti-choice”, because if one was “pro-life”, they would support the pregnant individual in getting an abortion. Why I am pro-choice is simple; I believe that every human being should decide whether or not they want to have a child, which is why I am an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood.
A lot of the time, people ask me: why not just give the baby up for adoption instead of having an abortion? Well, the answer to that is fairly simple. Sometimes, people do not want to go through the pain and mortality risk of giving birth, and abortion is a way to prevent that pain and risk. A question closely associated with the previously posed question is: why do people get abortions? There are as many reasons to that as there are people with the ability to get pregnant. Sometimes, again, it’s to avoid the pain and death risk. Other times, people just don’t want to have a baby. Sometimes it’s because of financial issues and health problems, and others it’s because of the age of the pregnant individual.
I am also asked, quite frequently, why I would want to support pregnant individuals who are set to get abortions in “destroying/killing a potential human being”. To me, this kind of thinking is rather perplexing; as if one is using this logic, then every time someone is on their period or ejaculates without producing a fetus, they are “killing a potential human being”. And by that same line of thinking, we are “killing potential humans” by not using every sperm and egg of every person to create fetuses. So you can see why this question is rather confusing to me.
I am also confronted with the “God doesn’t like murders, you sinner” type of language quite often because I am pro-choice. I would think that any god would support a person in preventing their lives from being ruined or set back, would support them in preserving their health and economic security; would support them in their choice to get an abortion.
To conclude, I am an uber-pro-choice gal. However, I do believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion; as long as that opinion does not hurt another individual. If you want to be anti-choice, that’s your choice, but do not take the right to choose away from others, and do not prevent them from using their right to choose.