Kelly is now entering her third trimester of pregnancy. (Congratulations to her!)
Since she’s always been adamantly pro-choice, people have been asking her if she still feels the same way now that she’s having a child of her own:
And this has elicited some interesting reactions from those who know me, both online and physically. They ask me, “Are you still pro-choice?”
I have never been more pro-choice than I am right now, if that’s even possible.
I admit that I find the underlying reason for the question a bit ridiculous. After all, they’re asking me this because they’re assuming, somehow, that carrying to term makes a person anti-choice by default. Don’t all pro-choicers want to kill babies?
Pregnancy is a sacrifice — a very important one at that — and it has to be a sacrifice women are willing to make, to work through, and to bear — both the benefits and the suffering. No one else can make the decision except the individual herself. Carrying to term or terminating a pregnancy should never be forced upon anyone. The decision rests alone on the person carrying the pregnancy.To advocate for anything other than the legality, accessibility, and safety of abortion is an injustice and a slap in the face to women everywhere.
This pregnancy has been a sheer joy for me, and it’s because I want to be pregnant that makes it so joyful. And that’s why I’m vehemently, rapidly, unabashedly, and adamantly pro-choice.
Now, I’m hungry.
Just for the sake of argument, though, here’s an interesting story on the other side.
Gianna Jessen survived an abortion attempt and is now a pro-life advocate. She was on Hannity & Colmes last week to tell her story (and mischaracterize Barack Obama‘s stance on abortion).
Not to belittle her, but she talks a lot about how she defeated the “devil” and how she was somehow victorious in a battle that she really didn’t have any control over… she also has a paranoid belief that Obama was attacking her personally in recent political ads. All that aside, it is a pretty fascinating story, I thought:
I don’t think many readers on that far to the right on the pro-life spectrum. But I’m not sure how far to the left everyone would go… not all atheists are 100% pro-choice.