"Pro-Choice is a way of life"
We've all heard the expression "be
fruitful and multiply." Well that should have been penned for a fruit tree.
It is a woman's right to choose what she does to her body, when to do it, where
to do it and how. If a woman is raped by a stranger and as a result, is impregnated,
what right does anyone have to stop her at the door of an abortion clinic and
call her a murderer?
When did man decide he could take matters into his
own hand taking away women's choices? Is it more right to go to such measures
as putting a gun to an abortion doctors head and pulling the trigger than to terminate
a pregnancy? Is it right for a handful of strangers to enter an abortion clinic
and physically drag a patient from the building, while beating her with baby bottles
tied to a rope, eventually causing her to miscarry?
To be able to choose
how you live your life is ultimately your own decision. One has to accept the
consequences of one's action without placing the blame or guilt on anyone. On
the other hand, one must be made to realize that one cannot control or influence
anyone to live according to what his or her own doctrine dictates.
able to choose whether or not a woman carries an unwanted baby to term should
solely be the woman's choice. It is something she has to live with the rest of
her life, but it should not be a hindrance or a regret. It is very important for
someone who has gone through one of the hardest moments of a life to have the
proper support of loved ones. That category includes family, friends, and well
wishers. We can be fortunate that there are more of us supporters than (anti-choice)
raptors to help to heal the process of choice.
I have been through the
entire process of childbirth and nature's abortion. I've been the lifeline of
my daughter, when she went through the process of choice. I know what it feels
like to become a victim of negative taunts from within the family. Fortunately
for us, it was not from our immediate family. We shielded ourselves with the knowledge
that it was the choosing that made us free to go on our way and live out our lives
accordingly. No regrets.
I can speak for my child and for myself. It was
not time for a new life to be brought into this world whether it was planned or
not. I wanted my daughter to have a full childhood (even at age seventeen), because
we both knew that there was plenty of time in the years to come, after she had
completed college and was married. She had her mind set that it was her right
to choose and I supported her wholly. She never had a better ally. Even her grandmother
who loves her dearly called her a monster, evil and a murderer (this coming from
We must be careful who we condemn to hell. That is God's
role. Man, on so many occasions, tries to assume that identity. To choose one's
own destiny is his own choice. What does it matter whether or not a woman wants
to terminate a pregnancy. Those who practice the antiabortion tactics are only
contradicting their own beliefs.
Pro-Choice is a way of life.
Jessie originally wrote this for a final paper in Argumentation
class. Jessie graduates winter quarter from Community College and is transferring
to a local university for a degree in Journalism and Communication. In addition,
she is the mother of six. (1996)
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pro-lifers want to impose their views on others. Pro-Choicers want to let each
woman decide for herself."