I'm Pro-Choice But I'm Not Pro-Abortion

I'm Pro-Choice But I'm Not Pro-Abortion

Just because I don't think I'd ever have one doesn't mean I would take that right to choose away from other women.
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I'm pro-choice. That doesn't mean that I'm pro-abortion or would have one myself but a lot of people seem to think the two obviously go hand in hand. With the presidential election in full swing pro life vs pro choice is often a topic brought up and debated on time and time again and rightfully so. One candidate is very clearly pro-life, the other pro-choice. I often hear that being pro-choice means you're a murderer and support abortion but that's not necessarily the case.

Like I stated, I'm pro-choice but I'm personally I am not pro-abortion. I don't think I could ever actually have an abortion myself unless I felt I genuinely had to. By genuinely had to I mean only if carrying full term put mine or the babies lives in danger or if it was confirmed the baby wouldn't live outside the womb. I'm calling it a baby and not a fetus because I believe that's how I would think of it as. I don't think I could actually have an abortion for any other reason personally but that's just me. Other women may disagree with me and that's OK. And I can say this for now but I've never even had a pregnancy scare let alone an unwanted pregnancy so I won't ever know unless I'm in that position. But just because I don't think I'd never have an abortion myself doesn't mean I would ever want to take away the right for other women to have access to them.

Every woman has their own reason for why they choose to safely terminate their pregnancy and they don't owe it to anyone to have to explain themselves. Whatever their reasoning is doesn't mean it should take away their right to the care that they choose. In my eyes it's their body and their life so I don't see how I have any say in what they do nor do I think it's okay to take their rights away.

Of course, there will always be the argument "Well they should just put the baby up for adoption if they don't want it, I know so many people who would love their baby!" OK, then why are 100,000 children in the US foster care system alone available to be adopted? According to AdoptUsKids.org that's just 1/4th of the total children actually in foster care in our country. Where are all these people who would love to adopt the children then?

Then there are the people who say, "Well if they didn't want the baby they should've been more careful or just not have been having sex!" One, once again you don't know a woman's reason for choosing to terminate her pregnancy so you don't know she "just didn't want the baby". A woman I used to work with suffered from severe schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; this made her scared to have children. She was on birth control and her boyfriend used a condom, somehow she still got pregnant. It's rare but it does happen. So she chose to terminate the pregnancy very early on because it was her body and her eyes she saw a fetus, not a baby. Two, sex is a basic human function. Intimacy is not a bad thing and unwanted pregnancy shouldn't be a punishment for choosing to be intimate. If you don't want to risk a pregnancy and choose not to be intimate with another person that's totally awesome, it's your body so it's your choice. Now I'm not saying people stop practicing safe sex, it's still a serious thing and I believe until you're actively trying to conceive that you should practice safe sex if you choose to have it. But I do understand unwanted pregnancies happen for one reason or another and once again if another woman choices to terminate the pregnancy I believe it's her choice.

One of the biggest reasons I am pro-choice is because it makes the whole process much safer. Outlawing abortion won't stop women from terminating their pregnancies if that's what they really want or feel like they have to do. Abortions were completely illegal in the past. When they were illegal horror stories of coat hanger procedures were told. These basically at home abortions lead to infections, infertility, extreme bloodless and even death. Women also fled to Mexico to find back alley "doctors" who would terminate their pregnancy for them. These doctors, if you can even call many of them that, often don't have the proper tools, medicine or training to do these procedures safely putting the woman at a higher risk. 100% outlawing abortions raises the risks and death rate, endangering the mother and the fetus or baby however you view it. Outlawing abortion won't stop a person from getting one, it will just make it more dangerous.

I am pro-choice. I don't agree with abortion necessarily and I would never have one myself but I do support women's rights to make that decision themselves. I support their right to access to proper and safe heath care no matter what their choice ends up being. I'm pro-choice, but that doesn't mean I'm pro-abortion.

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My weight has fluctuated, my health has fluctuated, and unfortunately, my confidence has fluctuated. But no matter what, I haven't allowed myself to give up wearing the things I want to wear to please the eyes of society. And you shouldn't, either.

I weigh over 200lbs in both of these photos. To me, (and probably to you), one photo looks better than the other one. But what remains the same is, regardless, I still chose to wear the bathing suit that made me feel beautiful, and I'm still smiling in both photos. Nobody has the right to tell you what you can and can't wear because of the way you look.

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This summer, after gaining quite a bit of weight back during the second semester of my senior year, I look somewhere between those two photos. I am disappointed in myself, but ultimately still love my body and I'm proud of the motivation I have to get to where I want to be while having the confidence to still love myself where I am.

And if you think just because I look a little chubby that I won't be rocking a bikini this summer, you're out of your mind.

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1. No one is obligated to choose you.
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1. No one is obligated to choose you.

2. When people choose you, you know to cherish it.

3. Not everyone is going to understand your situation.

4. People have very skewed opinions about families of drug addicts.

5. People can change.

6. Not all people choose to change.

7. Being selfish is actually a lot of work.

8. Don't judge a book by its cover, or a person by their family members.

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