What A Pro-Choice World Looks Like

Shark-Fu writing inSalon:

I was born one month after Roe and have lived my entire life in a nation at war with itself. As an activist in my local community, I can see that the battle is not academic but alive and hot and hard-fought on all sides. So today, on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I’m trying to imagine what it would be like to live in a nation united in support of choice.

I imagine young people being taught comprehensive sex education and growing up empowered to make decisions about their sexual health. I see a reduction in the infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases and an increase in the understanding of risk and the demonstration of responsibility. I envision my fellow women of color talking openly about HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment within our communities. I see women and men embracing the philosophy of family planning, and I see children, families and communities benefiting from that.

The point isn’t made often enough, because in this debate you either fetishize children or you’re a heartless monster, that ignorance helps no one. No one. Not women, not children, not anyone. We are not better people because we shut our minds down and refuse to figure all the angles, because we slam the door on possiblities in hopes that they won’t linger on the doorstep, howling and hungry. We are not serving anyone well, by sitting there humming in the dark.

A.

3 thoughts on “What A Pro-Choice World Looks Like

  1. virgotex says:

    And Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) endorses Ron Paul
    http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/01/22/599487.aspx
    “I support Ron Paul for president because we share the same goal, that of overturning Roe v. Wade. He has never wavered on the issue of being pro-life and has a voting record to prove it. He understands the importance of civil liberties for all, including the unborn,” she said at a press conference in Washington this morning.

  2. pluege says:

    in this debate you either fetishize children or you’re a heartless monster, that ignorance helps no one. No one. Not women, not children, not anyone.
    1) The forced birthers aren’t fetishizing children. The proof of that pudding is that they screw them [children] and their parents at every opportunity once they’re born. You could also throw in that they’re often willing to kill in order to get their way – a sick irony in no need of explanation. The forced birthers are fetishizing power: power over women and exertion of their manipulated religious beliefs. Just as a rapist is motivated by power, not sex, a forced birther is motivated by getting their way with others.
    2) The forced birthers aren’t looking to help anyone but themselves.

  3. pansypoo says:

    they fetishize the fetus. the embryo. the punishment for sex.
    sorry, america is headed for idiotocracy.

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