Feminism | Posted by Chloe H on 09/24/2012

Roe v. Romney/Ryan


I think that most people can agree that being a mother is one of the most important jobs in the world. Mothers shape future generations and thus the future failures and successes of humanity. Being a mother is also an incredibly difficult job that requires a lot of responsibility. It’s understandable that there are many women who don’t feel ready to take on such responsibility, even if they are pregnant.

There are many circumstances under which women may face an unwanted pregnancy. Teen pregnancy is one example, and is all too common because of factors like poor sex education. Is a sixteen-year-old girl always ready to give up her fleeting childhood and devote the rest of her life to a child? Or think of a pregnancy that was the result of rape. Is a woman who has been so violated by her attacker always willing to raise her attacker’s child? This is where abortion comes in. Abortion should be an available choice for women. Of course, there are other options, like adoption, but giving birth and carrying the baby to term is not desirable or possible for some women.

Regardless of religious views or whether or not you would consider abortion personally, a woman should be permitted absolute control over her body. Motherhood is a wonderful thing, but some women aren’t emotionally ready, have the financial means to care for a child, etc. — the list goes on. Every woman should have a choice in the matter and women deserve to have all options available. As feminists, it is our duty to protect that right.

Throughout this presidential campaign, we have learned that Romney opposes rape with exceptions for cases of rape, incest and in the interest of the health of the mother, while Ryan strongly opposes abortion. Regardless of their other political stand points, this is an anti-feminist outrage. Who are they as privileged men to condemn such a personal decision for women? They should not criticize the procedure, but rather respect that it is not even an issue that involves them.

In 1973, thanks to our feminist foremothers, we succeeded in making abortion fully accessible in all states in the epic Supreme Court battle that was Roe vs. Wade. We have had this luxury for only 39 years. Through these years we have fought tooth and nail to maintain the verdict that is still one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions. As modern women, we should be able to take advantage of all that we have gained over the course of time. How dare Romney and Ryan try to take away such a right from us. If they take abortion away, who knows what else they will try to steal from women. There are still many countries where abortion is illegal (and it should be noted that abortion rates are actually higher in those countries). We need to fight for our abortion rights not just for ourselves, but also for the women who do not currently have access to abortion because it is something we all deserve. No one should be able to take it away.

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  • Diandra @ at 5:05 am, September 25th, 2012

    Instead of making abortion illegal, government should support mothers-to-be and make it easier to keep and raise children, even without the support of guy and/or family. I bet that would help drop abortion rates.

  • James @ at 10:21 am, September 25th, 2012

    Why not say it like this:

    Scenario: A girl and a guy, at high school, say, have a nice time one night. They’ve not used a condom before, maybe it breaks, maybe it leaks – whatever. A month or two later, the girl takes the guy aside for a *very* private conversation.

    Maybe he’s great – maybe he says, I’ll be there for you, I’ll come with you to tell your parents, or to the abortion clinic, I’ll hold your hand whilst you’re in labour. It’s your call, and I’ll support your decision.

    Hell, he might say, I’ll move with you when you go to Uni, I’ll work and help you pay your way through an degree, and look after our daughter. And then, maybe you could help me through Uni too? And maybe, 5 years later, they’re still together, still happy, both doing work they love, with a wonderful, happy, vibrant daughter just starting school. Maybe.

    Maybe he’s great, but a little conservative – maybe he says, shit, we’d better get married. Maybe they do, and she’s stuck 20 years later, with 6 kids and a man she married as a teenager, no higher education, no way out, no way to support herself. But hey, she could be happy with that.

    Maybe he says, look, I’m a kid. I don’t want to be a dad. I don’t want to be part of this. Shit, she thinks. So she tells her parents. Maybe her Dad goes to pay the boy a visit. Maybe Mom says they should borrow Dad’s credit card and wander down to the clinic. Maybe they say, we’re there for you hun, we’ll help. Maybe they say, tough love girl, this is your problem.

    So what does the girl do? Does she drop out of school, go on the dole, raise the kid on her own? She’d never go to college, never earn much above minimum wage, may be verbally abused by strangers, called a slut and a whore. Does she have to accuse the guy of rape so she can get an abortion?

    But abortion, in itself isn’t an easy option. Ten years down the line, walking past a primary school, I bet she’d be thinking – I wonder if my little boy would have looked like that? Would he have been grinning, yelling to me from the top of the slide? Would he be running up to me to show me a funny leaf or a stone with a hole in? Would he say ‘I love you mummy’ as I tucked him in at night?

    Abortion is NOT THE EASY OPTION. It takes its toll in the form of regrets, self-recrimination, relationship trouble, cruel and abusive comments, ostracism, rumor and whispers…imagine if, on top of all that, it was a CRIME as well? So you couldn’t talk about it to your friends, to a counsellor, to your family. So it was a dirty little secret you had to keep hidden for the rest of your life?

    I’m not promoting abortion, or promiscuity, or a ‘nanny state’. But I think there is a choice to be made, in situations like this. There is always a choice, and it belongs to the primary stakeholder – THE WOMAN.

  • Michelle @ at 8:24 am, September 26th, 2012

    \”There is a reason until a certain age we tell our kids ‘what to do’. Until they have learnt/earnt responsibility in ultimate protection of our kids the choice is not theirs.”

    Please enlighten us, what would a woman have to “earn” responsibility? Does her mere existence somehow make her incapable of making decisions until she has “earned” that right? This logic is ridiculous.

    “I don’t want to pay for your fucking abortion cause you couldn’t keep your pants on.”

    1) Good thing there is ABSOLUTELY NO ONE asking you to pay for their abortion. Literally. There is not a single person on this planet asking you to cover the fee for their abortion. So you’re off the hook.

    2) Why aren’t you asking guys to “keep their pants on”? Are they somehow void of any responsibility in your messed up world view?

  • Matt SS @ at 11:52 pm, September 26th, 2012

    For number 2 its because he is an MRA troll. His first post has all the MRA talking points.

  • Josh @ at 3:01 am, September 27th, 2012

    I said
    ” There is a reason until a certain age we tell our KIDS ‘what to do’. Until they have learnt/earnt responsibility in ultimate protection of our KIDS the choice is not theirs.”
    Notice the generic term in capitals.

    You said
    “Please enlighten us, what would a woman have to “earn” responsibility?”

    Not sure where you got that from. its not about resposibility to decide upon having an abortion but rather children (THATS RIGHT GIRLS AND BOYS) not having the responsibility to deal with the conseqinces of SEX.

    Point 1) feminism whats government subsidised abortions – so tax payers cop the bill!!!

    Point 2)
    I said
    “… sex isn’t a game or a past time but has real world consiquences and that KIDS should think of these consequences before they take there pants off.”

    Note again the generic term there for girls and boys – I’m so glad we all get to learn something today.

    You said
    ” Why aren’t you asking guys to “keep their pants on”?”

    I think you will find I’m suggesting that girls and boys keep their pants on…

    @ Matt
    Maybe I am MRA maybe I’m not. Not sure what check lists are doing the rounds. I know however that I am definitly against feminism.

    You can discredit my first post becuase it has MRA talking points. However they are still valid points – ONE THAT FEMINISM TRYS TO SWEEP UNDER THE CARPET.

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