My Life and My Activism

Hi. Apparently, the rumors of my promiscuity have preceded me and you’ve heard all about how many times I’ve spread my legs and gotten pregnant.

Being pro-choice does not make me a murderer anymore than it makes me promiscuous. It does not make me a monster. It does not mean that I have ever had an abortion or that I ever would. And even if I were promiscuous or had had an abortion or chose at some point in the future to have one, you still have no moral authority to judge me.

I support the right to choose. That means I support a woman who chooses to have an abortion as much as I support one who chooses to adopt her child out or keep that child. It’s about choice. I believe in letting people make their own decisions, especially when it involves something as important as their health.

Now, before you argue that the woman is disregarding the health or life of the fetus, let me point out that for the first 40 weeks after conception, that fetus depends on that woman’s body to survive. That woman’s nourishment goes to feed it. That woman’s body has to make room for that being. Now, while this is going on, bad stuff can happen to the woman. And if she has to make a choice between her life, why not let her make it? Most women who are mature enough to have sex are mature enough to make up their own minds about what they should and should not do.

Now, you can argue that the child could grow up to be the Pope or it could be like Einstein or something, which is true. She could be aborting someone who would grow to be a great person. She could also be aborting someone who would actually grow up to be a serial killer. So, the potential value of the life that is being ended can’t really play into the decision.

Let’s see, what else could you argue? Oh, criminalizing abortion would save lives. This is crap. There are pro-lifers who argue that the pre-Roe days didn’t have all that many lives ended, but the fact is that they did happen and the procedures that they endured during the time when it was illegal were more dangerous than the legal options that are currently available. Unless you are wanting to force other women to go through that kind of barbary again, where there was at least 8% of a risk of death compared to a 0.3% risk of serious complication, then maybe you should re-examine your position.

Now, you could go ahead and argue that Jesus would want us all keep every baby alive, and that’s possible. Of course, that disregards that he was raised in the Jewish tradition and many Jews believe that life doesn’t start until the first breath is taken outside of the mother’s body. So the idea that somehow he would magically support a ban on abortion doesn’t take into account the potential influence his cultural upbringing would have on him.

Did I forget any part of the argument?

This was my response to yet another pro-life person on Twitter saying that I should shut my legs and not get pregnant. This happens a lot. It’s always been a little bit of an issue in pro-life vs. pro-choice debates, but I’ve gotten sick of it.

I don’t understand the idea that a person has to have regular, unsafe sex in order to be pro-choice, nor do I understand why people feel that everyone who takes birth control is a slut or that people who support legalizing marijuana are somehow potheads or that supporting the side of undocumented people means that I even know any or any other stereotype that I’ve encountered when I stated my opinion. Believe it or not, I don’t have to participate in an activity to support it. I have this thing called a brain which makes me capable of things like thinking, empathy, and imagining scenarios. Guess what? I am able to imagine the situations and understand how I would feel in a situation.

About Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.