As you can probably guess, I’m a pro-choice activist. I am also vegan. That means I avoid the use and consumption of animal products, including meat, leather, milk, eggs, etc.
Some people believe that reproductive rights and veganism are polar opposites. However, although I feel strongly about both, my beliefs don’t conflict with eachother. They don’t collide like two cars in a wreck, they complete each other, like the three notes in a chord. I am vegan for the many of the same reasons I’m pro-choice. I have a deep appreciation for life; my veganism and my pro-choice activism both stem from this appreciation. I believe that all sentient life has undeniable value and should be respected (unlike antis, who seem to believe that non sentient life has undeniable value and all sentient life must be disrespected). I respect non-human animal life as well as human life; this is where my veganism comes from. I see as pig as having as much value as a dog, a cat, or a human. That’s why I choose not to support the use of non-human animals.
However, respecting life goes much further than just letting the animals/people live. Life, without liberty, is meaningless. This is where my pro-choice activism comes in. If I’m going to respect life, I have to respect liberty. That includes women’s liberty, and women’s liberty includes choices. Reproductive freedom is a vital and necessary component of liberty, and liberty is a vital and necessary component of life. Take away any part and you’re left with an unfinished puzzle, where you can’t even tell what the picture is supposed to be.
I believe that no sentient being should be treated as property. Treating a woman’s reproductive life as your property disrespects life, as does treating an animal as property. We all have a desire to live free from the cruel mistreatment from (other) humans, and that desire should be respected.
I almost feel as if my pro-choice activism and my veganism complete each other. It’s just perfect to me. On one hand, I see antis trying to force women through pregnancies. On the other, I’m learning about how dairy cows are impregnated each year in order to keep their milk supply up. As someone who sees non-human animals and human animals as equals, it’s hard for me to ignore the similarities.
These are two of my beliefs that I know I will never give up on. They are such a huge part of me, and it just so happens that they work together just beautifully. I’m vegan and pro-choice, and I couldn’t be happier with this fact.