Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blog for choice

Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and Blog for Choice Day! Contrary to the common misconception that pro-choice activists are baby-haters, I do not, in fact, hate babies. Quite the opposite, I just took two days off and two, three-plus-hour bus trips among somewhat creepy strangers to babysit my gorgeous niece. For free. That’s how much I love this particular baby.

I vote pro-choice because I want all babies to be as wanted and well-cared for as she is. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a post-Roe world where I feel I have control over my own body, and want my niece to grow up in that same world — a better one, actually — one in which accurate sex education and safe reproductive health care are accessible to everyone, regardless of geography or socioeconomic status.

Instead of attaching my 18-page senior history seminar paper on the misogyny of the 19th century anti-abortion movement, which was of course riveting, I'll defer to Erica Jong's fabulous Huffington Post blog.


Caroline said...

What an adorable baby!!! Maybe I'm a little biased.... I loved the blog. I hope all you 20-something girls are listening. Stop taking your reproductive freedom for granted!!! Roe v. Wade is being undermined all over the country and could very well be overturned with our next president. Get involved! Get active! Vote damnit! Don't let this adorable baby grow up without the freedoms your mothers' generation ensured for you!

JO said...

Amen! We worked our asses off for you, now it's your turn. Oh, and the baby is the cutest thing ever . . . I'm sure Caroline isn't biased!

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