In a few hours, the Super Bowl will begin. To be frank, I never have had any interest in the Super Bowl, although this year I do think New Orleans could use the win.
What I do care about, however, is a woman’s right to choose. Having children has made me less able to empathize with the choice to abort a pregnancy. I just can’t put myself in that position emotionally because my pregnancies ended in such a good place.
Having children has also made me more committed to supporting that choice, perhaps because I am pro-choice for reasons that are no longer personal. I am not protecting my right to choose – I am standing up for a principle that I believe in regardless of my own gain.
Make no mistake – I believe in the right to choose as a fundamental principle. Our reproductive systems simply must not be subject to government regulation. Do I think people should try to behave responsibly in how they use their bodies? Abso-fucking-lutely. People should try not to conceive children unless they are able to raise them.
People also probably should try to think about the impact their reproductive systems have on our planet. I recently saw a magazine cover with those Duggar people holding yet another baby. The headline read something along the lines of: “How many children are too many?” Well, I am not qualified to reply, but I do think the answer falls somewhere between zero and 19. I’m just sayin’.
That said, I don’t think the government has any business telling the Duggars what to do. Octo-mom? Well, since the taxpayers are footing her bills, folks have a right to be pissed off. But if the government ain’t raisin’ the kids, it ought not be telling people whether or not to have them.
Neither, might I add, should professional athletes and their mothers. They can preach all they want in their churches or whathaveyou, but they have no right to ask the government to stick its nose up my vajayjay.
I find it baffling that this ad is about a woman who chose not to abort and her son became a star athlete. What the hell does that have to do with anything? You don’t see the pro-choice movement airing ads in which Ted Bundy’s mama comes on saying, “If only I had aborted…” (Now, of course, someone’s going to leave me a comment saying that Ted Bundy’s mama is dead or with some other fact that completely misses the point I am trying to make because for some reason people love to argue with me about crap that has nothing to do with the larger point I am making.)
I’m done having babies, and during my final c-section my obstetrician gave me a bit of surgical insurance against any more. But, someday my children will be old enough to have babies, and I sure as hell hope they retain control over their own bodies. Because I worked awfully hard to make those little bodies, and I just am not ready for Sarah Palin to start deciding what they do with them.
OK, so maybe my political stance still is personal, after all. As is Tim Tebow’s. The difference? He feels his personal beliefs ought to dictate what other people can do with their bodies, while I feel my personal beliefs ought to dictate what I do with mine.