"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
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But its still a life. I couldn’t be more grateful for my son. Id sacrifice my body for something I did, for my choices. Its not the child’s fault I had sex and didn’t want to own up to it. People need to be responsible and have a heart for the little life growing inside them.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and decisions. Its just bothers me when women do it for birth control..
You are totally allowed to feel that way, and I’m glad that you have a wonderful relationship with your child.
But….your experiences are not everyone else’s experiences. Not everyone who gets pregnant is able, emotionally, financially, physically, mentally able or willing to undergo that process. And regardless of their reasons, that choice needs to be respected, like as your choice to carry out your pregnancy was respected.
Abortion is not some easy pit-stop birth control method. It is expensive and can be physically intense, depending on the method used and the stage of pregnancy it is performed at (The vast majority of abortions are within the first 8 weeks or so, during the same time period when chemical pregnancies/most miscarriages occur) This idea that there are people who are getting dozens of abortions as a birth control method (which cost a few hundred dollars each on average) rather than ya know, condoms or the pills, is rather foolish.
"I was young. It was just the kind of shit that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that. [Someone brought it up recently] They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn’t still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I’m above it all. ‘You really still care about that?’ Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn’t matter what accolades you get. I know it’ll never happen to me again. If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go fuck yourself.”