In a strange turn of events and circumstance—being pregnant at 15—I found I suddenly had my life in my own hands. Finally people wanted to know what I wanted. Four days before my sixteenth birthday I became a teen mom, by my own choice.
The spring of my sophomore year of college I was president of my university’s Students for Life chapter. The fall of my junior year of college I cut my ties with the pro-life movement. Five years later I have lost the last shred of faith I had in that movement. This is my story.
In the same way that the fundamentalist Christian God allows people to exercise their free will by choosing between worshipping and serving Him or else burning in Hell forever – the Quiverfull woman must make the decision to trust God and perhaps die physically, or trust in the Pill and her own common sense and die spiritually for all eternity. That’s not a choice – it’s an ultimatum.
Is one reliable method of contraception okay, or do you need two? There’s no rule for everyone, just what level and kind of protection you want and what you feel best about.
I am a woman who can choose from many paths. Perhaps most importantly, I can choose whether or not I want to have sex, if I want to use a form of contraception, if I want to get married, and how many children I want to have. I know I am fortunate. In many developing countries, women are without these choices.
Does coercion exist in abortion and adoption? Yes it does. Some say adoption has changed. I say it has not. It has just gotten more sneaky and subtle.
The "what might have been" and what one mother might have chosen.
Bush Administration midnight regulations on global warming have more connections to reproductive health than is immediately apparent, and the rights community has to be vigilant in addressing these links.