I wasn't going to blog my two cents about the abortion debate that is raging across the internet right now, but the NY Post has removed three of my comments that civilly disagree with Michael A. Walsh in his piece No Middle Ground On Abortion. You don't put baby in a corner, Mr. Walsh. It's on. (Why I even grace him with a shout out when he's wrong about the facts anyway?)
First, I'd like to state I don't like abortion. I distinctly dislike it. Never once have I had one myself and if a friend were saddled with an unwanted pregnancy and solicited my advice I would say, "let's talk about adoption" plus "lay off the melted-cheese tortillas lest you want to gain a metric ton". Sage.
But should abortion be legal? Hell yes.
What I would choose for myself and the advice I would give a friend are not the law. No one has to listen to me. (Thankfully, because I also suggested everyone make their own dishwasher powder out of Borax. Shit is nasty!) But seriously, I think abortion is a very bad, terrible, no good thing.
You and me and our crew of abortion-dislikers can choose not to have abortions since we hate them so much but the laws need to stay out of our draws. People need to be free to make decisions and mistakes we don't agree with like drinking whiskey, smoking cigarettes and committing the atrocious sin of wearing knock-off UGGS* (in summer!) What would Jesus say about that, my friends? Tack-eeeey!
Last year I had the audacity to suggest schools should have the power to control what's on the lunch menu in their own building and I was criticized into oblivion by conservatives who sang, "it's up to families to decide what's best for themselves, not the state". YES. Finally we agree on something! Right?! I mean, that's just school lunch, surely a minor point in the context of a family, so surely they want bigger issues like family size and dynamic to be left up to families? For families to decide what's best for themselves? Let's go skipping off into the sunshine, conservatives. Oh wait. Conservatives' stance on a woman's body is the running platform for presidency. Wah-wahhhh.
I like life. As a matter of fact, I wish every pregnant woman would choose life. I wish every woman had adequate resources and was surrounded by a loving support system and had gobs of money. Everybody sing! But that's not the case with every woman who finds herself staring at two pink lines on a pregnancy test and it's none of my damn business how she proceeds.
The stark truth conservatives need to get over is it's not our business to come between a stranger and her health care provider or get in the middle of medical decisions they make about her uterus. There is enough shame in economic hardships (those aborting because they can't afford to feed another family member) and certainly dealing with the crisis of rape . We don't need to rub salt in the wounds of the hurting.
I am not "pro-abortion" or "anti-life". I am appalled and offended by the insinuation that I somehow don't care about "life" when I choose to place my empathy with those who are already breathing. Why is it that conservatives care so much about a baby before it's born, but point the finger back to the family when it comes to providing healthcare and other necessities of life? The public education system is screwed, the government is broke and we're all obese - yet let's focus on punishing a rape victim? Right.
No one loves abortion, certainly not those getting them. Let's abolish the term "pro-abortion". Now. And for the love of God, keep it legal.
*The only thing worse than UGGs are fake UGGs
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