Truthful Tuesday – Sensitive Subject Matter –

Melanie is filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…

Should an individual have autonomy over their own bodies and the decisions made about their own body?

I am going to get right into the thick of it. I am Pro Choice. I believe all people have a right to decide what should happen to their own bodies. There should be no one in the medical field, and G-d forbid, the political field who can tell me what I can do with my body.

There are a variety of reasons why women may choose an abortion. I personally know of a young girl impregnated by her own father. She was forced to have the child because she was underage, and her mother refused to allow the abortion. This was decades ago, and to be honest, I don’t know the laws today.

I have two family members who learned their fetus’s had passed away. Both were able to have a legal abortion. The emotional stress they went through was extremely difficult, but no where near as hard as if they were forced to carry the deceased fetus full term. Happily, both went on to have more children. Had they not been allowed to have a legal abortion under the care of good doctors, who knows what might have happened.

I believe having an abortion is an extremely difficult decision for any woman. But the decision is theirs and should be theirs alone. Even if the politicians were willing and able to pay for the raising of the children women wished to terminate, that would not take care of the emotional costs.

Thank you Melanie for being brave and asking this question.
Thank you Fandango for your wonderful response.
Thank you to anyone reading this and disagreeing without throwing the first stone.

 

8 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday – Sensitive Subject Matter –

  1. That’s all well and good but somebody pro-life would just point out that there are two lives involved in this, and that the mother’s life should not have priority over the child’s.
    I think the better approasch is to say that actually there are three lives involved, and to take it from there.

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  2. Thank you Lauren for being brave and answering the question. It horrifies me that Texas has done something so divisive and really backward as they did. There seems to be some agenda by some powerful people to split America into pieces (and yeah, that does sound paranoid) but they keep reversing sensible ideas and putting old and proven to be bad alternatives back in place. I heard horror stories about the back alley abortionist and have read accounts of desperate women who tried various methods on themselves to get rid of the embryo. I can see both sides of the issue, having worked around women who had to choose and who had scenarios like you cited for your family. Someone very close to me personally did carry a dead fetus to term and the mental and emotional damage has never healed. It must be so devastating! I’d still like to take some of the male law makers and put them in the bodies of the women having to make these horrible choices and make them stay in there until they understood, intimately, just what is involved. But I suspect the female host would never get her body back, because some of those men? Couldn’t possibly open their minds enough.

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  3. Thank you for your courage, Lauren. I appreciate that you gave examples. I’m still pro-choice though questioning more about the third trimester. I continue to be bothered by the “pro-life” label unless people are pro ALL life, not just unborn and human.

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