Pro-Choice or No-Choice?

I know we’re divided as a country. I know, living in Alabama, even more so.  Especially with this election looming on Tuesday.  I’ve heard numerous people say, “I just can’t vote for him because he wants abortions.”  Let me be clear here.

No one wants abortions.  

No one wakes up in the morning thinking, “I can’t wait to have an abortion today.” It’s a terrible, intimate, private decision that is made every day by women from all walks of life.

I know plenty of people that are pro-choice yet anti-abortion. The real debate should be “pro-choice” or “no-choice”. I’ve decided I want to leave it to a woman to choose what’s best for her body, for the health of the child, for the health of the mother, and for her family.  It’s legal.  That’s what being pro-choice really means. It’s not an ugly hyphenated word. It doesn’t mean I want to kill babies. It doesn’t mean that I’m a bad person. It means that I know being pro-choice means I actually care about what’s best for others and I want them to be able to make their own decisions about their own bodies.  

What happens when you take something away by law?  It goes underground. There’s a black market.  What happens to the woman who was raped and gets pregnant?  What happens to the woman who finds out she could die if she doesn’t terminate the pregnancy?  What happens to the family that finds out the baby won’t survive?  What happens to the woman that had a condom break or birth control that didn’t work the 1% time?  Or to the woman who can’t afford to have another child? Or to the infinite other possibilities? What happens to them?  They feel helpless.  They feel they have no choice. They go underground like the days pre-Roe v. Wade. If you don’t know what that means, then by all means, click on that link. I can tell you that no one wants that.  Pro-life actually makes it more dangerous for women.  Don’t fool yourselves.

By running on a platform of wanting to abide by the laws, set in place by the U.S. Supreme Court, a candidate can alienate half of the voters.  I’m so tired of this being the argument, of this dividing, of this being a deciding factor on anything. I’m not trying to change your stance or your opinion. I’m just trying to show you another view and asking you to not shut your ears off as soon as you find out someone is pro-choice. Please pay attention to what the candidates have to offer beyond this issue and do the research.

At the end of the day who do you want making decisions about women’s bodies?

At the end of the day who do you really want representing you?

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