Let's Talk About Pro Choice

Let's Talk About Pro Choice

What another woman does is none of my business.
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In today's society, people get uncomfortable when they hear the words "pro choice." But why? The abortion argument has been around for so long that it almost disgusts me when people scoff at the topic. Growing up, I was constantly told that I should be against a woman having an abortion. Now, with the election even farther in the rear view, it is a question that many people are asking.

I know that many of you may think I am selfish or uneducated because I have never been there. Some might even be thinking that I am a liberal (insert word that rhymes with "itch"). You're right, I have never been there. But just because I am pro choice and you are pro life doesn't mean I don't love or accept you. I still have a mutual respect for my pro life friends, I just hope that they respect me for this.

I've always found it funny how Republicans, who oppose a big government, are pro life. I get that the party has evolved into one that is built on the foundation of a "more Christian America," but it's funny how that works when they oppose big government. But I am not here to take partisan sides. Democrats have the want of a much bigger government, yet want to give women the choice? After this 2016 election especially, both parties need to get their sh*t together.

Taking away abortions won't do anything but hurt women. The risks of back alley and illegal abortions are extremely high. We don't want to have women dying in the process of making a choice that she thought was better for her or her family.

Defunding Planned Parenthood won't solve the issue that many people have with abortion. As a matter of fact, when a Planned Parenthood closed in an area in Indiana, cases of HIV and other STDs went up. Planned Parenthood is a good organization, and less than three percent of what they do is abortions. As an organization, it is not the problem. It's old fashioned attitudes and conservative ideology that is preventing us from progress.

People love to talk about the "liberal media," but what about the conservative media? Rather than putting the actual, factual definition of pro choice into play, they put the idea that people who are pro choice are pro abortion. We are not. In reality, nobody is truly "pro abortion." Pro choice means that I believe that women have the right to do whatever they want with their bodies. And in today's society, where we have little control, the fact that we have that is satisfying.

In my opinion, if you march for something, it is therefore your right. People have marched for voting rights, equal pay, and shockingly, abortion. Since those women have marched for that right, I believe that it should stay as a right. Overturning a historic argument in the Supreme Court won't make America look like we are progressing. Rather, it will look as though we are going to time zone 1950.

So why am I pro choice? I believe that in order to progress, we need to keep the option open. I believe that for the sake of preserving the right, we need to band together and accept it. There will be people who do not agree with you, and I am sure that some may even have some objection to this article. However, I stand with my decision to be pro choice and hope that some one out there can relate to me on this issue.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.

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As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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