While I knew it was around this time somewhere, I saw on Alas that today is the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It’s also Blog for Choice day. I liked what Maia had to say about it:

Today is the 34th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and also blog for choice day.* The topic is supposed to be ‘why am I pro-choice’. It seems a little trite, I’m pro-choice because I believe women are people, I’m pro-choice because I want to decide when I have a child, I’m pro-choice because I have two younger sisters, I’m pro-choice because I trust other women to make choices about their own lives, I’m pro-choice because sex should be awesome, I’m pro-choice because of all the women who have died and are dying from illegal abortions, I’m pro-choice because of all the women who have died and are dying because they couldn’t get an illegal abortion, I’m pro-choice because parenting is a hard important job and must be voluntary,

And I’ll add:

I’m pro-choice because fetuses, embryos, and zygotes are not babies. Which isn’t to say they aren’t amazing.

I’m pro-choice because pregnancy should never be considered some kind of punishment.

I’m pro-choice because taking away this right leaves women without ways to control their own destinies.

I’m pro-choice because pregnancy is hard enough on the mom and the baby when the mom wants to be pregnant.

I’m pro-choice because life does not begin at ejaculation. Or even at conception. Again, conception is amazing, but it’s just part of the process.

I’m as pro-choice now as before I was pregnant. Maybe even more. Without choice, women will never be treated as equals; they’ll always be “less than”. And that’s not a world I wish to live in, nor a world I wish my own children to live in, either.

Blog for Choice Day - January 22, 2007