Thursday, August 28, 2008

Actually, my mom is pro-choice...  

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I can't stand that slogan that anti-choicers try to use against us. The old "aren't you happy your mom didn't abort you?" argument. I want to grab every person who holds up this sign in front of a Planned Parenthood and shout in their face, telling them that I'm glad that I exist, but I am more than happy to risk being born if it means that every woman can have a choice. If my mother chose not to have me, then so be it. I'm not so selfish as to say that I would rather abortion be illegal than to never have been born.

Luckily, pro-choicers find great ways to fight back. In my Practicum in Women's Studies class, there is a total of one boy, who must be either majoring or minoring in Women's Studies since that's a prerequisite for the course. He told us that one night around 4AM, he climbed up onto a billboard nearby that loudly stated, "SMILE! Your mom chose life" and, by himself, changed the billboard to say, "SMILE! Your mom has a choice." I thought that was one of the coolest things I've ever heard anyone do. I feel as though that slogan is much more appropriate.

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5 comments: to “ Actually, my mom is pro-choice...


  • August 29, 2008 at 1:22 AM  

    Haha... your mom "chose" life... they key word being "CHOSE." With the anti-choice argument, my mom wouldn't have had a choice in the first place... she wouldn't have "chose" life, it would've been forced upon her. And pro-choice doesn't always equate to "get an abortion." Women have just as much a right to choose to carry on a pregnancy as they do to terminate it.


  • August 29, 2008 at 11:28 AM  

    You know, both my parents are anti-abortion, but they CHOSE to have only two kids, my mom CHOSE to be on the pill, and my dad CHOSE to get a vasectomy when they dediced that two was enough. They also CHOSE to wait until they were financially stable enough to have kids.

    They may be anti-abortion, but they sure lived a pro-choice life!


  • August 30, 2008 at 2:06 PM  

    Very good points.


  • September 3, 2008 at 1:57 AM  

    I think 'your mom chose life' is both a lame and disingenuous slogan. I know that my mom chose me, sure, but that was also the first year that there was a legal choice, if not a practical one. And I'm not that old. Not old enough to be President, that's for sure.

    No, if she did not also have my dad (though she did well with me after his passing), did not have her ability to manage challenges... I don't think I can be happy or sad on the topic. It's not about me. It's about her.


  • September 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM  

    My answer is always, "If my mom'd had an abortion, I wouldn't be here, and thus, wouldn't have any consciousness. So how could I mind?"
    It confuses them.