After seeing some anti-woman protestors on my former college campus today, seeing them use Nazi imagery and pictures of Pol Pot's Killing Fields to make their disgusting "point," I felt the need to express my rage with the following reasons why I'm Pro-Choice.
1) It's not my business what anyone else does with their body.
2) It's not anyone's business what I do with my body.
3) Savita Halappanavar of Ireland.
4) Beatriz of El Salvador - you can still speak for her.
5) Every woman who has ever died because of a "back alley" abortion.
6) The evidence supporting the idea that the crime rate drops when abortion is legal because wanted children are less likely to grow up in circumstances that lead them to become criminals.
7) Forcing a rape or incest survivor to carry her rapist's baby to term is a way of raping her all over again.
8) In 31 U.S. states, it is legal for a rapist to sue for visitation rights and/or custody of the child he fathered during the rape. This is horrific on many levels, as it forces the woman to continue to have contact with the person who attacked her, which can be used as a way to leverage her into not pressing charges. There's also the added horror of a convicted rapist being permitted to have a hand in raising the child to whom he donated genetic material during the attack.
9) The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows:
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Forcing a woman to carry a baby to term against her will is involuntary servitude and violates the very Constitution that most conservative assholes seem to worship. Women are human beings, not the property of the state. Giving women control over their reproductive choices is a form of empowerment. Conversely, taking away those choices turns women into second-class citizens.
10) Forcing a woman to complete a pregnancy risks her life. Not to mention that outlawing abortion risks the lives of women who have wanted pregnancies that are non-viable (see 3 and 4). To those who want to argue that a woman can give the baby up for adoption, there is a lot of evidence that it is more psychologically damaging to give up a baby after giving birth to it than having an abortion. Yes, a lot of people want to adopt, but that doesn't mean that a pregnant woman should act as their handmaid unless it is 100% HER CHOICE to do so.
Having given the reasons I'm pro-choice, I'd now like to address the arguments against my feelings.
I thought about getting into the philosophical debate of whether or not a fetus is "alive" or should be considered a person, but I realized that it doesn't matter if the fetus is a person. The woman was here first. The rights of the born must outweigh the rights of the unborn, otherwise a woman is no longer legally a person the moment the sperm hits the egg.
When does the fetus start to have rights? A lot of people say, "In the third trimester, once it's theoretically possible for it to survive outside the womb." Let's examine that. Under what circumstances would a woman carry a fetus for twenty-eight weeks and then decide she doesn't want it inside of her anymore? I can't imagine a circumstance, but if a woman is in that position, I don't think that the state has a right to block her. Do I find the idea of aborting a nearly full-term or full-term fetus horrifying? Fuck yes! But I believe that the circumstances under which that would be necessary are so rare that they shouldn't even be included in any arguments against abortion.
What about gendercide, i.e. abortion of a female fetus because the parents want a male? Fix society so that women are considered equal to men, don't deny a woman her right to choose.
Abortion as birth control? If someone wants to go through the pain of multiple abortions rather than taking birth control, it's their body, their choice. Especially since birth control, even multiple forms used in conjunction, can fail. That and, like it or not, abortion IS a form of birth control.
There's also the "one penis, no vote" argument, which I find repugnant simply because NO ONE but the pregnant person gets a vote. I have a uterus. Having one doesn't give me more of a right to weigh in on this issue than someone who doesn't have one.
And now we've come to men's rights. If you are a man and choose to have sex with a woman, you accept that whatever she decides to do after you put her penis close enough to her for your semen to get inside of her is her decision. You accept child support. You accept that she may abort a fetus that carries your genetic material. You accept that it is her body and her decision as to whether she's going to risk her life to bring your child into the world. If you don't think that's fair, don't have sex. ANY sex, not merely protected sex. Even if the woman stops taking her pills or pokes holes in the condoms, you're still choosing to have sex with her.
Which brings me to woman rapists. They exist and I believe they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That said, while I don't feel that you should have to pay child support if a woman rapes you, nor do you have the right to force her to have an abortion. It's still her body in which the fetus is growing. Is that "fair" when we chemically castrate some pedophiles and rapists? Is it "fair" for a man to have that genetic link to a child that was conceived against his will? No, but it's the woman's body in which said child grows, so sorry men, no forced abortions OR forced births, no matter what the circumstances.
Essentially, I'm pro-choice under all circumstances, with NO EXCEPTIONS. Go ahead, come up with a scenario in which you think that abortion shouldn't be allowed and I'll tell you my reasoning for why it should be permitted. I'll give you a hint: they're ALL going to start with, "It's not my business, nor is it yours."