Let’s give Ms. Tebow a quiet round of applause for having the opportunity to make the choice that was right for her. But please don’t try to mislead us by suggesting we should remove that right of choice from others.
101 Reasons Not To Have An Abortion is a faux guide full of the usual lies but also incoherent. As a public service to anti-choicers, I thought I’d model a clear-cut argument stating the real reasons you don’t want women to have abortions.
Day Four of the trial of Scott Roeder for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, as reported by Carolyn Marie Fugit.
The common denominator in ads like Pam Tebow’s is that the woman at the center is being celebrated for her bravery in making a specific choice—and that if she didn’t have the right to choose, then she wouldn’t be a hero at all.
The one advantage of coming from conservative roots and growing up to be an anti-racist feminist radical, is that I still get where conservative folks are coming from, as much as I may disagree with aspects of conservative belief – like the attempt to take away people’s right to choose. I honestly do believe that we should respect all the different life choices that people can make, from the most traditional, to the most marginalised. I support any life choice; except the one that tries to take other people’s choices away.
In 10th grade, my teacher for a class on National, State, and Local Government changed how I viewed the abortion debate forever.
Choice is the conscience decision-making process we engage in to do what is best for ourselves, our homes, and our families. It is having access to information. It is having access to our options. And it is being able to carry out our decisions. Choices are sometimes easy, sometimes difficult; sometimes our own, sometimes made for us; sometimes public, sometimes private. But they are what make us human. And humans are too complex to legislate.
I first became aware of abortion around the same time I became aware of many things related to sex and sexuality – during puberty. At the time, abortion represented survival to me. As a little brown girl from the Bronx, I knew what the statistics said about girls like me and our chances of “success.” If I knew one thing, I knew this: I was not going to come home and tell my mother that I was pregnant.
Reproductive choice is our right and also our responsibility, an awesome responsibility. But in an even more profound sense, choice is the human condition. It defines us as humans, and we are in turn defined by the choices we make. Choice is the basis of morality after all, and it is sacrifice as much as it is freedom.
There will always be a part of me that is fond of “choice,” such as the part of me that believes in the reproductive justice movement. But the part of me that must endure seeing my sisters denied access, or scrutinized for using the resources they do have, knows that choice is only for a few.