The promised Blog for Choice Day post, belated.
I’ve been pregnant twice, both times intended, and both my pregnancies resulted in healthy full-term babies. Both were (and continue to be) happy experiences.
In the ten years of my life before those pregnancies during which I was sexually active, having access to reliable contraception and experience of comprehensive sex education meant that I did not fall pregnant. If I had fallen pregnant before I was emotionally and financially ready for parenthood it would not have been a happy experience.
I would definitely have opted for aborting the pregnancy, having given up on the hypothetical of relinquishing for adoption at about age 17, when I realised I would never have the emotional strength for that. I feel very fortunate that I never had to make an actual rather than merely a hypothetical decision about an unplanned pregnancy.
Other women I went to school with would not have made the same choices in an unplanned pregnancy situation as I would have done, and that’s OK. Because women aren’t cookiecutter clones of a singular XX template.
I trust women to make the reproductive decisions that are best for themselves. No-one else should have the right to make a woman’s reproductive decisions for her, or to deny her access to the medical prescriptions/procedures/professionals she feels will best implement those decisions. Forced abortions and forced pregnancies make me equally queasy. Forced childbirth options that protect and serve obstetricians and anaesthetists over and above protecting and serving mothers and babies are no better.
It’s more than just choice, it’s basic rights over our own bodies and futures: the freedom to plan our families rather than have them thrust upon us.
That’s why I am pro-reproductive rights and freedoms.
Jessica does a better job on why women should be trusted to make their own reproductive decisions. The comments thread is full of people making it clear that in their opinion women can’t be trusted at all.