Saturday, October 14, 2006

Defining Pro life

Pro life, as I have said before, is a term that needs to be reclaimed by those who feel that a woman is entitled to the basic human right of having control over her own body.

Anti abortionists are not pro life. They are pro shame, pro blame, pro control, pro legislating wombs as wards of the state, and they are pro caring about the unborn as opposed to the already born, but they are most certainly not pro life.

This excellent article describes one woman's journey from black and white to the multitudes of gray.

To engage in productive dialogue about abortion, we must account for justice and equity; we must strive to make our country one where laws, practices, programs, and attitudes nurture women and allow them the opportunity to bring babies into the world when they can support them, provide them excellent healthcare, send them to college without putting themselves in massive debt, and promise them truthfully there are living-wage jobs waiting for them.

Come to think of it, if this isn't a genuinely pro-life position, I don't know what is.

Reflections from a Former Anti-Abortion Activist


Anonymous Kuri said...

Well, I'd still have a problem with that. Specifically, the author is trying to hide the "abortion" factor in the abortion debate. I mean, all of those things she talks about - making it possible to have children, supporting people regardless of their choices, is great and necessary and important. But I can't help but feel that if someone does have all those supports and still chooses abortion, that she wouldn't be with them. And that's still wrong, IMHO.

11:37 p.m.  
Blogger April Reign (aka Debra) said...

True enough Kuri.

I guess what I took heart from was her admission that the attitudes of the fundies leads their daughters to seek abortions.

Coming from her background to have come as far as she has is hopeful even if it is only half way.

It will be a great day when no one feels compelled to tell women what to do with their body.

9:15 a.m.  
Anonymous Adrian MacNair said...

I agree completely. As a man I would never assume to hold a position of power over a woman by telling her whether to have or have not.

10:46 p.m.  

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