34 years ago today the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.Â In honor of that, a number of feminist bloggers have declared today Blog For Choice Day and encouraged people to discuss their reasons for being prochoice.Â For a complete list or participantsÂ visit here, at Bushvcoice.com.
Elizabeth Anne Wood has a great post discussing her reasons for being prochoice.
Amanda as pandagon has a very informative and interesting postÂ discussing her experience at the NAPW conference (a women’s rights conference).Â
Jessica’s post at feministing may be the most succinct:
Itâ€™s about trusting women.
One of my favorite feminists is silent on the matter: Come Hugo!Â Where are you on this one?
Over at kos, Miss Laura has this postÂ in which she highlights the dizzying hypocrisy of the anti-abortion movement.Â Also at kos, Elise has this post of pro-choice Roe V Wade action – including some amazing links to sites you can visit and get active.
Finally, of my regular blogs, Reproductive HealthÂ Reality Check tackles blog for choice day.Â
I’m prochoice.Â I am incredibly fortunate knowing that I personally will never face an unplanned pregnancy.Â There’s no danger I personally will ever need an abortion.Â 43% of American women have had abortions.Â I have a mother, a sister, a sister in lawÂ and a niece, aunts, female first and second cousins any one of whom could find herself facing an unplanned pregnancy.Â I have for years maintained I would drive them to the doctor to get an abortion if they needed and I’d be there for them afterwards.Â Discovering one has an unintentional pregnancy must be a moment of horror and panic, absolute terror.Â I can only imagine the feeling of horror.Â There is no analogous experience for a man so I can only imagine.Â
There was a time in the past when being pregnant meant a woman’s life was no longer her own.Â She might be forced by her family to move away to some terrible maternity homeÂ where she’d be shamed and treated like “fallen woman” then forced to give her baby up for adoption.Â She might be forced into an unwanted marriage with the father (or not).Â She might be forced to drop out of school or just kicked out of the house.Â She might find a back street abortion performed in unsanitary conditions, get an infection and die.Â If she was very very lucky, she might find an actual doctor willing to perform an illegal (but safe) abortion.Â If she was lucky.
In many places, abortion is technically legal but completely unavailable – making it de facto illegal.Â According to Naral Pro Choice America,Â 93% of Utah counties have providers.Â Utah has some of the worst regulations in the nation on abortion.Â We can do better and our children need us to do better.Â
It’s time for a resolution:Â Not one more generation raised with body shame, misinformation and lack of choice.