Monday, January 22, 2007

Blog for Choice Day


Blog for Choice Day
Originally uploaded by jenniek_ns.

Wow. I didn't realize how difficult it would be to do this until I just faced the empty text box. Difficult because I was raised Catholic and until several years ago was anti-choice. In fact, I still don't like the idea of abortion. Several years ago on my college campus, however, there was a group of pro-lifers with enormous photos of aborted fetuses. I was nauseated and disgusted. More than that, though, I felt assaulted. Who were these people who came on campus, assaulting students with images meant to manipulate and incite people? I was mad, but more than that, it made me think about abortion.

In a perfect world, I guess, there would be no abortion. Women wouldn't have to worry about getting pregnant if they had no desire to be. Women wouldn't be raped or abused. Women wouldn't be treated differently at a job if they had a child. Men would also be responsible, physically and financially, for that child. Women would have a support system if they decided to be single mothers.

But we don't live in a perfect world. I can't say as to whether or not I'd ever have an abortion. I've never been pregnant.


But mostly, and to echo feministing.com because they put it so eloquently, I trust women. I trust myself to know whether or not I am making a good decision or a bad one. I trust the women I know to make the best decisions for themselves. I trust women. I trust that if a friend gets pregnant, it is her body, her choice, her decision to make. I trust that it may be an easy decision or a difficult one, but it is one that she alone can make.

Addendum: I never stated why I particularly am pro choice. I am pro choice because if I were pregnant, whether it be by a boyfriend, a one-night stand, a rapist - my life as I know it would end. And at 25, I don't know that I like this ending.

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Johanna for Justice said...

hey jrav, thanks for stopping by. I also enjoyed your Blog for Choice post. As for being Catholic and pro-choice, I know there are more of us than we know. I look forward to becoming a regular reader! :)

(PS-Thanks for the link. I am currently thinking about re-working my links section to highlight blogs I like more clearly. You'll be getting a link soon!)

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