Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Thankfully, I've never lived in a world where choice wasn't a option for me. To be honest, I've only known two people (of course, it isn't something you bring up during tea time) who have made the choice to terminate a pregnancy. I've never known anyone who was not allowed a certain form of contraception because it was against the pharmacist's/doctor's religion.
No, I'm not "pro-abortion". That term is ridiculous. No one goes around advocating "Abortions for all! Come and get your abortion here!!". That's absurd. I am avidly Pro-Choice. The decision is mine and mine alone whether to use contraception, the "morning after pill", have an abortion or carry a pregnancy to term. Pro-choicers do not go around to pregnant women and say "Humph, you should have had an abortion! What's wrong with you?" We don't force our belief in choice upon anyone. We believe the choice is ours to make. When old white men decide what is best for women, we are truly NOT being served.
The question asked for this year's Blog for Choice is "What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?"
My answer? Keep the choice in the woman's hands. Do not allow pharmacists and doctors to refuse medical attention/medications because of their personal beliefs. They are in the wrong profession if they see fit to force their religious dogma on patients. Disband the abstinence only sex education. It doesn't work. Period.
There is so much more I want to say, but I'm not feeling particularly eloquent right now. My last word on this is LEAVE MY BODY TO ME.