Monday, December 12, 2011

Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, and Anti-Choice

There are people who believe in a woman's right to choose whether or not to continue with a pregnancy. There are people who believe that abortion is wrong. There are people who believe in suffering. These positions are called Pro-Choice, Pro-Life, and Anti-Choice.

Pro-Choice is simple. The Pro-choice position is that a person believes that a woman has the right to control what happens with her own body. It's simple. Pro-Choice means, ostensibly, that one would not have a problem with someone else seeking an abortion. I find this position acceptable as the logical outcome of belief that women are people.

Pro-Life is a little more complicated. People think that it means a complete opposition to abortion, but there are people who describe themselves as Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. This is a wonderfully complicated state where a person believes that in general women should have the option to choose whether or not they want to be pregnant but wouldn't have an abortion themselves. I find this position laudable.

Then there's the Anti-Choice stance, and this is the stance that activists take when they claim the title 'Pro-Life'. They're not interested in life. They're not interested in sanctity. They're interested in punishing fornicators. They claim to be about protecting the innocent, the unborn, even the mothers from the sin of committing murder, but they're not.

Would you like to know why I think that?

(Why else would you be reading this blog? Oh, wait, flames, never mind.)

Because the people who claim to be against abortion are also against any measures that science, surveys, and logic show prevent unwanted pregnancies. They're against sex education and they're against birth control. Now they'll say they're against birth control because it 'intereferes with God's plan' and they'll say they're against comprehensive sex education... well, for no good reason at all. The excuse is that they're concerned about 'corrupting children'.

So on the one hand they're against abortion, but on the other hand they're also against anything that might prevent the unwanted pregnancies that lead to abortions.

Soundbites address this discrepancy. Phrases like "well, too bad" and "that's what you get" and "well, they shouldn't have been having sex" demonstrate what Anti-Choice people really want. They want to punish people. They want people to suffer the consequences of their 'sins'. It's a cruel, entitled, privileged way of viewing human relationships and reproduction that demonstrates that they have not only no sympathy, but antipathy for people who don't have the advantages that they do.

What I'm saying is that, basically, if you hold the Anti-Choice position then you're wrong. You're cruel and wrong and in serious need of education.



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