Thursday, July 04, 2013
Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize
OK, I have a problem with this. While I agree that abortion should be a covered service, we will have to get single-payer insurance for that to work at all, and that is a different battle. We can fight that one later. The one we have going right now is this one:
We are trying to defend the rights we have. They are coming for our rights. We, in this country, have never had the right to "free abortion on demand," and demanding it now is a huge mistake. When they are trying to take away the rights we have, it is not the time to try and expand those rights. People have complained for years that they don't want their dollars going to pay for abortions. Medicaid has never (as far as I know) covered elective abortions. The Right has drummed that up to inflame pubic opinion against the very existence of legal abortion.
What we are defending right now is our Constitutional right to abortion. Our CHOICE. I know it's possible to be pro-choice and not pro-abortion. I know many women who feel that way. I know that, faced with that choice, I decided to bear the child. My choice, my circumstances. If my circumstances had been different, I would have had an abortion. Not without soul-searching, but I would have done it.
Frankly and coldly, in our overpopulated world, I don't see a terminated pregnancy as a tragedy. I think every child born deserves to be loved, wanted and cherished. Having a child is not punishment for having sex, it is not a vehicle for slut-shaming and it is not a means of control, period.
Of course, avoiding a pregnancy is preferable to terminating one, but birth control has been known to fail. It's OK for a child to be a surprise; it's not OK for a child to be an accident. According to Roseanne Barr. on her sitcom, "An accident is something that, if you had it to do over, you wouldn't; a surprise is something you didn't know you needed until you got it."
A woman is the only person who knows if the time is right for her to have a child. Please note that I am talking about elective abortion here, and not one that is medically indicated.
So, ladies...sisters...friends...let's please keep our eyes on the prize and try to preserve the freedoms we have, and worry later about extending them. Conservative people look at that top picture and say, "Hell, no!" However, the second one might strike a chord with some. Sometimes people need reminding why we have Roe v Wade in the first place...because women were dying from the type of abortion that was available before, and which will be the only type of abortion available to many, after the passage of these laws.
I'm aware that every movement has its front-runners and rabble-rousers. I've roused some rabble in my day. Right now, we need some oversight from someone who can vet these signs before they go viral on anti-choice sites, and are used to justify their point of view.