Thursday, July 21, 2005

May offend some ~ but frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.

This entry disappeared for a while and I'm not sure how that happened. In any case, here it is again. What can I say, I'm computer-impaired.

I was browsing other blogs on this most uneventful day and ran across one that has made me sad. These were things I already knew, but in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, sometimes we forget what is unpleasant to think about. Funny that such a thing becomes faint in ones memory when all anyone seems to be blabbing about is how the new supreme court judge's politics will affect the Roe v. Wade law.

Few are lukewarm on the subject of abortion. I've gotten my head bitten off by close friends instantaneously just from mentioning it, and there have been times they have tried to make me feel as if I were the one with no sense of decency.


I used to be pro-choice, until I thought beyond the scope of self. Until I learned exactly when life begins, and exactly how the procedures are carried out. It's a "choice" that is not just about the woman's body. And it's brutal. Should you wait until after it's born to terminate a child's life, even by methods immensely more compassionate than those administered in the act of abortion, it would be murder. I fail to see the difference if this act is carried out before birth.

What can you say to someone who feels differently, though? For those who agree, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't, no references, examples, or even medical facts will suffice. And please. Don't give me any sh*t about it's better to terminate an unwanted pregnancy because the child will merely become a burden on society and will live an unloved, miserable existence. How do you know that? How do you know that God, the universe and everything doesn't have a remarkable plan for that little life?

I heard Al Franken say the other day that he thinks it's ridiculous that right wingers are against abortion because it interferes with the life cycle, yet many support the death penalty. Saint Al feels that the death penalty interferes with the life cycle. Hm, interesting. He isn't concerned at all about how and in what ways that waste of space on death row has interfered with his victim's life cycle - and that of his/her family, friends, community. I guess the inmate's life and existence is much more valuable and precious than anything those people could have offered the world. What kind of assanine logic is that?

Another mental giant, Jerry Springer, raised my blood pressure through the roof just this morning. Someone on his show was speaking of a woman who is involved in a group called Feminists for Pro-Life, and Jerry muttered, “you mean anti-choice.”

AAAAAAGH! See what I mean? It breaks my heart.

I guess people do and believe whatever they must to relieve their own conscience, deal with their own skeletons, live with their own choices or the choices of those they love. Whatever. Spare me the melodrama as I have tried to spare you. I'm only speaking my mind here, I'm not picketing clinics and marching on Washington. Right or wrong, Roe v. Wade seems to be a settled law, and thus I live with it. Likewise I'm not going to judge anyone or bust anyone's chops if they have made such a choice. But I'm allowed to feel what I feel too, and if they want me to keep my ideals and values from being shoved down their throats, I expect the same in return.


Kevin Bruce said...

Hey:) I'm pro-choice, but not pro-abortion. I believe that abortion should be used under extreme circumstances (i.e.- the mother's life is in jeopardy). I do not agree with abortion as a method of contraception.

What Saint Franken was saying was that he doesn't believe that alot of the same people that say all life is sacred (in regards to the unborn) support the death penalty. I have to agree that that logic is flawed. The liberal inverse is just as flawed.

Maybe I'm just too moderate;)

Raquita said...

I am pro choice - pro life for me (I know you had to see by pretty little girls picture on my blog) but I'm pro chice for everyone else - there are a few people I know who have had children under conditions I don't know that I could have(rape) and I am amazed by her strength but I know most people aren't that strong - and while I wish we could give people a responsible choice with out some people abusing that chioce and using abortion as a contraception but thats impossible people will abuse anything and everything (stupid people sniff glue for cripes sake) But since we know people will do anything to get out of an unwanted situation (illegal abortions) we might as well try and minimize the carnage. But for the most part I agree with you - I just can't force people to beleive with us.