Sometimes I try to explain to people in boiled down sentences why I am pro-choice. This is a more than difficult task. It begins with a long-standing belief in the capability of a woman to make decisions about their own bodies in health. It was reinforced, with college classes about the history of abortion in the world, about the AMAs calculated move to take birth out of the hands of the midwives and medicalization of each step of pregnancy and birth. It was cemented, as I realized that abortion laws are rarely made by women, and that abortion is politicized only as a means of winning elections.
But the following, long, but very much worth it read from 2004, is why I believe that abortion should always be a choice made by an individual woman. It is a choice that should be unhampered by politics and lawmakers or socio-economic back ground and geographic location. unfortunately each day in this country brings us closer to a time that only existed in the past, a time when only women of privilege could gain access to abortion.
Please join me in helping to provide that equal access to abortion does not become a vestige of our past. I will be bowling for a local team to raise funds for The National Network of Abortion Funds – Would you consider making a donation to our team?
President Bush’s attempt to ban partial-birth abortions threatens all late-term procedures. But in my case, everyone said it was the right thing to do — even my Catholic father and Republican father-in-law.