The Truth About Being Pro-Choice

The Truth About Being Pro-Choice

Let's define choice.
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In the past few weeks, America has witnessed the inauguration of it's 45th President, Donald Trump. We have also witnessed the largest demonstration for women's rights, all over the world. We witnessed one of the largest March for Life demonstrations. We have been witnessing a great divide. A divide which has angered thousands, and a divide which no one seems to fully understand.

As of now, abortion is legal in most states, up to a certain point in the pregnancy.

Abortion is regulated on a state by state basis.

Today, our chosen rhetoric for support of abortion is called "Pro-Choice", and the disagreement of it is called "Pro-Life".

Here is the reality of this situation:

Abortion is treated far too flippantly by the general public. Abortion is, to some, a viable option, and to others, it is not. The right to this choice, should not be overlooked. In the recent days, the Women's March on Washington has received pushback from a number of groups claiming that they were shunned from the demonstration of women's rights, (which is not limited to abortion) because they were pro-life. An anti-abortion group were present and received hate from the women's march because of their group's ideology. This is unfair. There is a widely accept ideology in this country that if you stand for women's rights, you must also stand for and support abortion. This is not always the case.

You cannot be pro-choice while excluding one of the choices.

Abortion is not something to be treated lightly, as it has lasting physical and mental effects on a woman's body. Abortion can lower your ability to become pregnant again, increase your risk of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, and cause drug-induced complications, or even death. (I urge you to read this article to understand the risks.)

The Women's March on Washington was widely received as a march based on women's rights, and despite abortion being one of the main topics, it was still an overall march supporting women in the world and their rights to healthcare, equal pay, etc. Abortion is a topic which is, unfortunately, a political discussion because much of Planned Parenthood's (and other institutions like it) funding comes from taxpayers. This makes it part of the government's agenda, as they regulate who and how much pay comes from taxes from the American public. Therefore, unless Planned Parenthood and its sister institutions become private, the government will continue to talk about it. If you want to support abortion, push for Planned Parenthood to become a privately funded institution. Otherwise, people will continue to be upset that their state taxes are going towards something they may not believe in.

I am personally pro-choice. However, I recognize that not everyone will believe that abortion is safe or the right option for them. It is important to understand that pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion - it means giving the woman the right to chose what to do with her own pregnancy. Women should not be shamed for being for or against abortion. You are not in her head, you do not know her situation, and you are in no position to judge her.

You cannot be pro-choice while excluding one of the choices.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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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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