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it’s my uterus and i’ll abort if i want to. ~.m. by maria b.

first off, here’s what: no vagina = no opinion. allow me to clarify: if you don’t have a vagina, you can HAVE an opinion on contraceptives and abortion, it just doesn’t count. you men can have feelings about it (ha! men having feelings), you can express your thoughts on it (ha!), but it doesn’t matter. you bastards aren’t carrying the child, enduring the physical and emotional stresses and changes that come with being pregnant, and half you sons of bitches aren’t around to help take care of it anyway. so kindly shut the fuck up. you don’t hear women whining about why men need viagra and how it “promotes promiscuity.” the only time women speak about viagra is to point out that it IS covered by Medicare, but birth control pills and other forms of contraception are NOT.

you better believe there’s more.

men: if you are the father, that is the only time your opinion counts. and then it’s up to the women how much (should be between 0%-40%, depending on if the guy is a decent human being or not. use your best judgment.)

next step: it’s my body; therefore, i will do what i want with it. there’s nobody around telling me when and where and how big i can get my tattoo, there are no firebombings at lingerie stores and  there are no protests outside doctors’ offices after people get amputations or organs removed (mastectomies, appendectomies, tonsillectomies, etc.) my uterus is MINE. you do what you want with yours.

on a related note, i was doing some perusing online and found an interesting point i think should be considered:

I think [tumors] represent the perfect analogy to fetuses. First of all, both tumors and fetuses are living, growing masses of cells. A little human will grow up to be a big human. A little tumor will grow up to be a big tumor. Second, many tumors can exist without posing real harm to the individual; tumors can be either benign or malignant. Therefore, one may not say tumors and fetuses are different because tumors will kill you but fetuses will not. That’s just misrepresenting reality, in a very blatant way [Not to mention the fact that many females still die in childbirth, particularly outside the Western world].

The main objection voiced to my tumor/fetus analogy is that fetuses are human, while tumors are not. While I understand this objection, I cannot take it seriously. Evolution teaches us that there is a singular Tree of Life. Every living thing is on that tree, representing a branch or a branch from a branch [from a branch]. Given the fact that all living things are on the same Tree of Life, I find it impossible to say that one living thing has more inherent value than another living thing. (posted by Francesthemagnificent on–read the full explanation of his theory here.)

so as far as when “life” begins, that is completely and definitively a subjective definition (when the egg meets the sperm vs. when the fetus is capable of surviving on its own vs. when the fetus is born), and i’ll thank you to keep your definition off of my (and everyone else’s) body. and for all you “life begins at conception folk,” here’s a quote for you from the World’s Best Mother, Nadya Suleman. when asked why she had the rest of her embryos implanted, even though she already had six children, she said of the embryos, “Those are my children, and that’s what was available and I used them.” so pro-lifers, every frozen embryo in the U.S. should be carried to term? great. you first. smart-asses.

back to contraception: i was LIVID when i heard about this judgmental, narrow-minded cretin and South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, who wants to raise birth control prices 900%. 900%!!! Cristina Page on the Huffington Post put it best:

You’d think the Senator, who professes to be against abortion, would want to make contraception as accessible as possible for women in college since they’re the demographic with the highest rate of unintended pregnancy and the highest rate of abortion. College women typically don’t have much income and are also disproportionately likely to be uninsured; it’s not the pool of people you want to force to “splurge” if they want to use protection. “We do know that high fees act as a barrier to obtaining care. That is classically understood in campus health services,” explained Claudia Covello, director at the University of California-Berkeley’s health center, to Time magazine.

you know what happens when women don’t have access to affordable contraception? Nadya Suleman. now ask yourself, “have i judged Miss Suleman in the past few weeks for choosing to have children she can’t afford? have i felt angry that my tax dollars are going to her after she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on IVF (and probably plastic surgery)?” if you answered yes to either of those (and if you’re sensible, you did,) then you would know that making abortion illegal would result in that happening millions of times over.  


need i say more?

need i say more?

in the book Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, they cite a study done by Levitt and John J. Donohue III. the study describes the significant drop in the national crime rate precisely 18 years after the decision in Roe v. Wade. Levitt and Dubner explain

“an entire generation came of age minus the children whose mothers had not wanted to bring a child into the world. Legalized abortion led to less unwantedness; unwantedness leads to high crime; legalized abortion, therefore, led to less crime.”

they go on to explain how they excluded other explanations for that drop in crime by examining other similar situations where the circumstances were different enough to draw some conclusions. (you can see that excerpt here.) Levitt and Donohue’s study was published in 2001 in The Quarterly Journal of Economics and goes into detail about the techniques used and data from the study. (that’s here.) anyway, so there goes the argument about abortion being “bad for the fabric of our society.” it’s actually the opposite!

i will say that abortion as a form of birth control is something i believe should be avoided at all costs (i.e. a couple has unprotected sex planning for an abortion if it is necessary.) abortion should only be used if the methods of contraception failed and the mother decides she is not ready or willing to have a child.

finally, let me say that i am pro-CHOICE, which means i support a woman’s decision to abort OR carry out her pregnancy. that woman is the only person who can make the best choice for herself. i’ll listen to the male perspective once one of those guys offers to get himself a uterus and an embryo planted in it and carries the baby to term and raises it alone while working AND going to school WITHOUT any financial help from the mother. so if i see or hear one more bloviating, hate-spewing, judgmental, Bible-thumping, under-educated man yelling about the evils of contraception and abortion, i cannot be held accountable for my actions.

and guess what? contraception and abortion are still legal! so shut up.

sorry this was so long. i just hit my limit tonight.


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