Today is the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade. While anti-choice activists are marching on Washington (or in the comfort of their own homes, weirdly enough), those of us who believe in a woman’s right alone to make all choices about her body and her pregnancy are participating in Blog for Choice Day. The theme of this year’s event are the words of assassinated OB/Gyn Dr. George Tiller: Trust Women. Specifically, what does “trust women” mean?
To me it means that trusting women– to make the right choices for themselves and their bodies, trusting that they do not make choices lightly, trusting that they alone know their circumstances, lives, and hearts– trusting women is the only way to go.
And because I am slammed at work, I will link to these interesting facts about abortion in the US from the Guttmacher (there I go again wanting to type Gut-muncher) Institute. One that particularly struck me was that 60% of abortions are performed on women who already have at least one child, confirming my suspicion that often, women choose abortion because they know they cannot support, either emotionally or financially, another child, not because, as some anti-choicers would have us believe, because they hate babies and do not understand what it means to be a mother.
I’ll also share a previously posted piece I wrote about “common ground on abortion,” a hot topic in the age of Obama, and what I really think we should all be coming together to work on, be we for or against a woman’s right to choose (as you’ll see, I think being anti-choice is as sensical as being for Prohibition of alcohol): Continue reading “trust women”