I need to rant. This is controversial but must be said.
so, my family is very Catholic. I am not anymore because I am gay and a feminist and pro-choice so I don’t follow many Catholic beliefs. I’m not trying to insult the religion as many people thrive in the Catholic faith, and I grew up with it and I like the new pope from what I see. I’m saying that it is not for me.
Anyway, my mom talked me into going to an advent tea. I should have known that something would upset me. And sure enough, there was a raffle to raise money for teens going to the March For Life in Washington. Its goal is for abortions to be made illegal.
Now, many people don’t understand pro-choice and I didn’t either when I was a young Catholic because I was not educated about both sides of the issue. I don’t know anyone who thinks abortion is wonderful. It’s a last resort.
But this isn’t an idealized religious world where everyone waits to have sex after they’re married. And Christians don’t have the right to force their beliefs on other people who don’t believe them. They can follow their beliefs but making other options illegal is like advocating a totalitarian Christian society.
In this world, abortion is a NECESSARY thing. People are going to have sex and when contraceptives and birth control is so hard to get (which they are, especially if you’re poor), unwanted pregnancy is going to happen. And women are going to want to get abortions. It’s sad but this is the way it is and denying that is being blind.
By denying women the right to get abortions you are denying their choice over their bodies and their lives in favor of a fetus that is not even born yet. By making abortions illegal you are making them more dangerous for women who will continue to find ways to get them. You will put their lives in danger. You are criminalizing women and making their decisions for them - decisions they have a right to make.
Since abortions should be illegal, what should the punishment be for getting one? Life imprisonment? The death sentence? What should we do to women for daring to have control of their own bodies and lives?
Since abortions should be illegal, should every women who gets pregnant be forced to bring their baby to term and bring him into a world where he is unwanted and cannot be supported? Most likely a life of poverty and hardship? Some women who get pregnant decide to offer their baby up for adoption, but this is very difficult to do, and not everyone is willing to.
If you want to see an end to abortions, then instead of advocating for it to be illegal you should be advocating for birth control to be cheaper and more widely available and easier to get. You should support unbiased sex education in schools. This will help decrease unwanted pregnancies.
This is what I wanted to ask every woman sitting with me at the table who was happily buying raffle tickets. Why do you think your own gender should not have the basic right to think for themselves?