I am pro-choice for so many reasons, but only one that truly matters. Not that I want to diminish the other reasons that I have built my pro-choice foundation on, but in my heart and in my mind I know that this one reason burns brighter than the others. By no fault of their own, mind you, they are perfectly good reasons each one of them. But the main reason that I am pro-choice, and the reason that everyone should be, is because NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE (hence the overly emphatic all caps typing), has the right to control any woman’s reproductive choices other than the woman herself.
I could talk about the ethics of bodily autonomy being behind my reasoning, or I could point to the resource and population control necessities pulling a string or two in my thought processes. I could talk about the science behind my beliefs which place a high value on sentience, or expound on the ways that I do not believe a person is a person until they are born. I could talk about any number of backers to my way of thinking, but again, the one that matters the most, is a woman’s right to control her own body and make her own choices. And this is a right that no government, no religious body or followers, nor any rapidly dividing mass of cells within her body should be able to take away from her.
And though this is a worldwide, pandemic issue, I struggle with how it can still be an issue today in the U.S.. How can you be all about freedom and equality for each citizen when you have legislation that consistently relegates an entire gender in your country to a secondary role, without full control over themselves and their choices? I am pro-choice because that is what we are supposed to stand for in this country. Without the religious right’s biased and propaganda filled dialog polluting the political discussion, trying to impose their beliefs and choices upon us all, to continue the subjugation women which only feeds and furthers their ideological ends.
I am pro-choice, because it is the only reasonable, moral, and compassionate way I know how to live this issue.