I know that "choice" is a heated topic when it comes to a lot of things. This particular topic comes along the lines of "pro-choice" or "anti-abortion" which is one of the big debates amongst liberals vs conservatives (the other being the homosexual rights issue) and I'll throw out here right at the begining that I am not ok with abortion for myself. Aborting a child has never been anything I've given more than a passing moment's thought to in my own personal life. The issue of abortion has popped up several times in my life in various situations but it's relevence to my life choices isn't in question.
I know a few people who have had abortions. Some of them know that I know they did while others I assume do not. I assume that because I was accidentally told of 2 I wasn't supposed to know about. The people I have discussed with in depth their choice have all told me, with only one exception, that they regret it but they felt at the time they had made the best decision. I realize that not everyone feels this way but when you see all the people talking about how the woman should have the right to choose they don't really seem to take into account regrets.
I know we live in an overpopulated world but I just honestly wish there weren't groups out there pushing that condoms are bad *cough* catholic church *cough* Geez, sorry about that! I guess I had something caught in my throat. The only 100% way to prevent pregnancy is abstaining. We can't just teach that and expect people to not have sex. People like sex. So promoting safer sex is good, condoms, spermicide, hormonal birth control, etc.
I'll throw this one out there too. All hormonal birth control works by trying to prevent ovulation (the maturing and releasing of an egg by the woman's ovaries) and if that doesn't work it may prevent a fertilized egg from implanting into the lining of the uterus. That is to say if you believe that the baby is a baby prior to implantation, your hormonal birth control pill is, by THOSE standards (not the average medical professional's standards) potentially an abortificiant. In that case you either have to come to terms with that or find a different form of contraception if you don't like the idea of getting pregnant.
Why am I musing on this? Well, to be honest I've been thinking about writing something about what I think on the issue for a while and some recent events lead to my blogging. I have a son, in case anyone hasn't realized that yet, but I also have my boyfriend visiting from london for a bit and we have discussed somewhat what would occur should our "happy fun adult time" result in "oops, I did it again" (haha) which is plain and clear on my side of things. Alex would get a sibling. Simple.
I guess I couldn't sleep and I was looking up things on websites and I came across a link to a post secret thing where it said that the person worked in a vet clinic and they give you the option to stay or leave and it said to stay because they always look for you. Then that lead to me looking into when they put animals to sleep which had a link to a 24 week partial birth abortion picture with description of what they did. Which ultimately lead me into looking up more details (again) on abortions. Which ultimately lead to me posting this.
So where do I stand on the issue? I believe in teaching safe practices and realistic approaches. I believe in accepting "consequences" for mature decisions. I believe that if lives are in danger, you should do what you have to do as long as you can live with it. I believe that if you feel like it's the only decision you can make then you better be able to deal with it. Mostly, I believe in human rights for all humans, including unborn ones. Every person who has the right to choose was born, just a thought to think about.