Where My Heart Is.

8 Apr
What are you committed to? What do you love? Which cause can you not imagine life without? Could you honestly say that you’d sacrifice your life for that cause? Where is your heart, and, more importantly, why is it there?

My heart is in reproductive justice. Why is it there? Because I love people. I love helping people. I love knowing that, if I have a daughter, she will be closer to complete freedom than she would without reproductive rights. I love the fact that I’m on the side that is trying to ensure that less women die, and that more women have control over their own lives.

My heart is in reproductive justice because I hate seeing women die. I hate hearing about situations where women are desperate to get abortions, but they can’t afford it or it’s illegal, so they end up killing or maiming themselves by taking the matter into their own hands. I hate the fact that many women and girls feel trapped when they become pregnant. I hate watching doctors die. I hate reading about how many of them have to wear bullet proof vests to work, and about how they receive death threats every day. I mourn over the lives that have been lost to the anti-choice movement.

Anti-choicers constantly try to smear me. They tell me that I’m in it for the money, or that I just want to hurt women. They tell me that I just want to kill “babies”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. This isn’t about politics for me, nor is it about money, nor is it about hating fetuses. It’s about life. It’s about my 5 year old cousin, it’s about my mom, it’s about my future daughters, it’s about my friends, it’s about my aunts, it’s about the girl that sits behind me in class, it’s about complete strangers, it’s even about anti-choice women. It’s about people. And I will never, ever, ever give this up. I can’t imagine life without this.

2 Responses to “Where My Heart Is.”

  1. Shayna April 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    I’m always so amazed that anti-choicers are so easily able to take the lives of the living in the name of the as yet unborn

  2. Emily April 10, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    All one has to do is look at the anti-choice movement to see the terrible state of women in this country. Reproduction is so personal to women. It’s our bodies that are being used. We’re the ones who go through the pregnancy and the birthing process. And the survival of the pregnancy depends 100% on our health and general well-being. With all of the power that (cis, fertile) women have in bringing forth the next generation, you’d think we’d be better respected. Anti-choicers do absolutely nothing to make the lives of women better. They don’t fight for women’s rights in the workplace or in education, which are most likely to be contributing factors in a woman’s decision to have an abortion. They do absolutely nothing to help premature babies, foster children, or poor children. They’re 100% about controlling the most intimate parts of ourselves, not “saving babies.” And that’s a giant threat to every woman.

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