Sep 23, 2015
Recently, Congress voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood in an attempt to shut down access to abortions. Representative Judy Chu, a democrat from California, accurately described it as a “witch hunt to scare providers from providing abortions” as Republicans showed doctored videos of fetuses, suggesting that doctors did nothing when botched abortions occurred. Basically, they were painted like Steve Martin’s sadistic dentist character– not like the kind doctor that spoke to me gently and stroked my hair while I cried, frightened and not knowing what to do. As a woman who had a very necessary abortion three years ago, this scares the ever-living shit out of me. It seems like as we begin to move forward in the world, the patriarchal powers that be are becoming more and more brazenly anti-women. If you have the baby, it’s your own fault and you’re a slut. If you abort the baby, you’re a horrible person.
It happens. Even when you do not miss a pill, it can still happen. One of my favorite people is around because of that, and because abortion was not the right choice for his mother, who is also pro-choice. It was the right choice for me. That’s the thing about being pro-choice: you support the personhood of the human carrying the fetus, which is not yet a person and has a long way to go biologically before you can accurately call it that.