I was Pro-Choice before I knew that there was any other way to be. My mother is Pro-Choice, and explained to me very early on that having a baby before I was ready would drastically alter the course of my life, would take away the future I was working toward, and derail my ambitions for the future. In Hebrew School from until age 16, Judaism taught me to put the health (mental and physical) of the mother first.
I first appreciated the choices that Pro-Choice represents, from abstinence to abortion, when I was in high school and watched approximately ten classmates give birth, many of whom dropped out, a couple of whom graduated, and none went on to college. I saw star athletes and sassy drama girls fade away. I saw opportunities vanish, and dreams turn into a lifetime of waitressing, and welfare checks.
In the 7 years since I graduated high school I have seen many of these girls, tired and worn out at 25, exhausted by a hard life and unable to ever get back the potential that was drained out of them.
– I am Pro-Choice because I have never understood the wisdom in children having children
– I am Pro- Choice because having a baby should never be a punishment for teenage sex (or anything else).
I have never been pregnant, however, like most teenage girls, young women, and professional women, over the years I have run the scenarios through my mind. What I would do. Because I have choices. I have the power to choose what I want to do.
– I am Pro-Choice because my body is my own.
– I am Pro-Choice because saying anyone else has a say, says that my body can be taken hostage.
My future is my own. Whether, and to whom I marry is my decision. Whether and where I move for work, for the weather or any other reason is my decision. How I save for retirement is my decision. What charities I support is my decision. Whether and when I have children (and how many) is my decision.
– I am Pro-Choice because everyone should have the opportunity to live happily ever after.