I’ve very lucky that I live in a country where I can have an abortion. I am in a relationship with a man I love and want to spend the rest of my life with, I take birth control and we are careful. However one day we might be unlucky and due to a stomach bug or me forgetting one day to take my pill I could get pregnant. I would not make a good parent – I’ve never wanted children and if I fell pregnant I know that I would always hold it against the child for taking away my freedom. I would have the option to have an abortion.
If I was on the poverty line unable to support a child and give it the life it deserved I could have an abortion – there are enough unwanted children in this country – why add another one to live in care?
If I was raped I wouldn’t want to bring a child born of hate and violence into the world; I could have an abortion.
Because I live in a the modern country. I live in a country that supports women.
I live in a country where I get FREE contraception! I am allowed to discuss, for free, with my GP which birth control suits me without having my sex life being scrutinised.
So why am I writing about this? Well as you know I’m very interested in US politics – and this issue has really caught my attention because it fascinates me that such a new country could be so backward when it comes to birth-control and women’s health issues.
Obviously Todd Akin’s quote about ‘legitimate rape’ and how the body can ‘shut down’ so that a woman doesn’t become pregnant has brought the issue back in the public eye again. I cannot believe that a country like this is even using terms like ‘legitimate rape’. When is rape NOT legitimate? And a quote like Akin’s is so dangerous when I woman reports a rape and gets pregnant. Does this mean that she couldn’t have been so stressed that her body didn’t ‘shut down’ and therefore she couldn’t have been raped?
Why are MEN even debating this issue?
I have a lot more to say on this however I MUST get ready for work – I will be back to rant some more – I want to find a Rachel Maddow clip that I heard on Best of the Left podcast to add to this.