I’ve been understandably out of it for a while now, but this morning a friend on Facebook caught me right after I woke up with a pro-life post about gender selective abortion in Canada. So, being early in the morning and half asleep I was a little more myself and it woke up a part of me that’s been rather lost under soot for the past few days. This was my response to said post. As always, feel free to leave your comments and opinions here. This is a place of free discussion and I encourage friendly debate!
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I am pro-choice; however, I would personally never have an abortion. I feel that it is a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to go through a pregnancy, deliver, and raise an infant into adulthood. I know a lot of men say “Oh, it’s my baby too! So, I should have a say!” But, if we get realistic then we quickly realize that most of the time an unexpected pregnancy ends in single motherhood. Likewise, men don’t have to go through labor pains or the discomfort of pregnancy. Which is why I can’t for the life of me understand why male government officials get together and decide the fate of abortion and contraceptives. Although, I digress….
When it comes down to it, I feel there are understandable reasons for a woman to abort a pregnancy. Many of which I’ve seen first hand through the eyes of friends and family: rape, incest, and the fetus posing a threat to the mother. In contrast, there are also reasons that quite frankly make me sick such as improper use of contraceptives and those women who think abortions are contraceptives! Yet, as a pro-choice supporter I feel that regardless of reasoning it is not my place to bless or damn the womb of another woman for the choices she makes. I think that is the biggest confusion in the debate. People think that just because someone is pro-choice that they’re all about those abortions! I fight for the right for a woman to choose. That’s it, whether or not I agree with that choice and the reasoning behind it is irrelevant.
So, naturally gender selection leaves me a bit conflicted. Of course I disagree with it, I think it’s down-right monstrous. Why? Because I feel the motives are culturally archaic and I know what a fetus at the age of gender detection looks like… sounds like. Even so, I will fight for freedom and stand with any woman seeking an abortion – even if I don’t agree with or even like her as a person. You can’t pick and choose motives in terms of who gets an abortion and who doesn’t. That defeats the purpose, and we’re back in the shower with wire clothes hangers and whiskey. You can disagree with people, but you can’t take away their rights simply because something isn’t ‘okay’ with you. Humans as a whole are incredibly stubborn, and they’re going to do what they want despite what the government says. When you take away the medically safe route, then you’re taking away options… and that’s horrifyingly dangerous.