Get Your Hands off my Body!
A bit of background: I am vehemently pro-choice. The idea that someone else can legislate what I can and can do with my own body is disgusting to me.
And here's my extremely controversial thought process. A fetus is a parasite. Until such time as that parasite is a viable entity outside of its host, it is a part of the host. And the host has free will to do what they want with the parasite, including destroying it.
With all that said, a week or so ago, I was driving down the road and I passed a Planned Parenthood clinic.
A group of white, middle-aged male protesters were outside carrying signs of aborted fetuses. This absolutely infuriated me.
Now, let me say that I recognize that they had the right to be there. But having that right doesn't make it okay in my eyes.
First of all, Planned Parenthood provides so much more than abortion services. If I hadn't had Planned Parenthood available to me when I was in college, I might easily have gotten pregnant. They provided me affordable birth control. I also wouldn't have been able to take care of my reproductive health, because they also provided affordable medical services.
Second of all, until such time (and I hope it never comes) that Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion is legal. You don't have to like it. You don't have to approve of it. But it sure would be nice if people stop harassing women who are probably already at one of the lowest points of their lives.
Third of all, do you suppose any of those protesters have ever offered to adopt the children they harass women not to abort? I doubt it.
Fourth, and this one really pisses me off, I would be willing to bet that every last one of those protesters are vehemently opposed to social services, such as Section 8 housing, WIC, and any form of welfare. So, they want all these babies born, but they don't want them cared for.
It's such hypocrisy.
And for those who say you shouldn't have sex if you're not willing to accept the consequences, I call bullshit. Birth control fails, condoms break. And I don't think anyone should have to pay for the rest of their lives for one mistake.
No woman should ever have to justify her reproductive choices to anyone.
My body, my choice.