I am pro choice. For the record- it does not mean that I am pro abortion.
I am pro choice because I believe women’s lives matter. Your life matter. I am pro choice because I believe that you, as a woman, should be the one that decides what happens to your body, when to get pregnant and how to give birth. I am pro choice because that the right to control your own reproduction is a fundamental right- and that is protected in our Constitution and is recognized as a basic human right. And I believe that that right of “freedom of choice” includes the right to prevent pregnancy, the right to get pregnant, the right to carry a baby to term and the right to terminate the pregnancy.
I am pro-choice because I don’t believe that women should be legally compelled to maintain another life at the expense of her own wishes, her body, her health, or even her life. I am pro-choice because I don’t believe that women’s bodies should be used against our will. I am pro-choice because I believe that compulsory pregnancy and childbirth is immoral, cruel, and flies in the face of basic notions of freedom, liberty, and human rights. I am pro-choice because I believe that children should be wanted, their entrances into the world joyous occasions — that they should never be considered punishment. I am pro-choice because I want women to be physically and emotionally healthy.
I am pro-choice because I don’t believe that pregnancy should be a punishment (or, as anti-choicers say, a “consequence”) of sex. I am pro-choice because I realize that my rights to birth control, to have children, to make my own decisions, to be a fully autonomous human being all hinge on my very basic ability to decide when and if I reproduce.
I am pro choice because I trust women. Because reproductive rights are far more than abortion.
I am pro choice because I see what “pro life” policies are doing to the world. Where people are more concerned about an embryo than what they are about the thousands of displaced children in the world.
I am pro-choice because I believe that my body is mine. I want women, girls, men, and children to be healthy, valued, and cared for. I want families to be healthy.
I want women go to university at the same rates as men. We can define ourselves as something other than mothers, or as mothers and something else. Women to have more power to escape abusive relationships or bad jobs. Parents of both sexes to spend more time with their kids.
I am pro-choice because it is life-affirming. I am pro-choice because it is fundamentally just. I am pro-choice because to be anything else is to devalue and harm women, children, families, and my country.
I am pro-choice because my life is worth something. And I am pro- choice because we as women matter, and how we live our lives should not be judged.
Love and light