27 October 2008

my sisters' keeper

When a coyote is giving birth, all the other females circle around her and howl so that predators can't pick out the vulnerable birthing mother. It's for the good of the pack.

I learned from someone today that since she is close to 40, has only sons and will likely not have daughters (who might someday want or need an abortion), she no longer really cares about reproductive rights. This after being very pro-choice when she was younger & was protective of the option for herself.

Wow. Just wow.

I appreciate the candor. And I just can't understand that mindset at all. The chances of *me* needing public assistance are quite slim (here's hoping!), but that doesn't mean I don't think it's of vital importance. My children do not need ESL education, but it's still crucial. I also have no daughters, but that doesn't mean that I won't fight for safe & legal abortion (as much as it would be a very hard decision for me, personally, and one I thankfully have never had to make, which is SO not the point).

And what about our sons - they may be the partner in an unwanted pregnancy some day. Or a friend's daughter...

Think of it from a public policy perspective, if nothing else - the good of the whole - just like those coyotes.

Further: "Sixty one percent of women who have abortions are already mothers. Eighty-four percent of these women will be mothers by the time they are in forties"

If I were to let my anger get the best of me, I might just inquire about whether this person (someone I know enough to say hello - she seems nice) might be interested in removing her head from her nether regions long enough to take a look around and see that she is not the only person on the planet...but I'm keeping my anger in check and just saying wow.


Elizabeth Gallo said...

WOW is right. My guess is that she might check the wrong box on Nov. 4. Even scarier is that there are so many more people out there who think that it's just about them and no one else. I'm glad I can't keep such blinders on...

Love This Life... said...

Wow is right... I feel like this issue is old, done, dead... I mean come on... I like what Cybil Sheperd was yelling at rally one year on TV "Stay the hell out of my uterus"... right to know what's best for you - right to choice - right to vote - right to live without fear of someone else controlling your body... its no one else's business. period. i'm not religious so maybe that's what's easier about this for me... its not for fear of a god that i act or think a certain way.