January 22, 2006
You are blogging for choice
What better way to celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade than with a look at a few of the pro-choice voices out there. To see all of the bloggers who have signed up to Blog for Choice today, click here.
I believe that women are smart, beautiful, and capable of whatever they want. I believe a woman’s choices are difficult, heartbreaking, but they must be their own. I believe we must protect women’s choices and women’s rights.
That is how I can sit at this computer 7 months pregnant with a child I consider to be a medical miracle and tell you that I am, in fact, pro choice. I have faced the very real possibility of having to make that choice. I recognize and am thankful every day for the incredible luxury life affords me, and that so many of us take for granted.
Here's the thing about the whole abortion thing: it's nobody's business but the woman's. My opinion on the "issue" matters exactly zip-point-nothing, and neither does anyone else's who's not in the crisis of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy.
Too bad the government doesn't realize this.
I have never known life without Roe V. Wade. I and never want to...
To me the right to choose has to do with a GREAT DEAL more than just abortion. It goes to the very core of women's rights and on a larger scale personal freedoms for everyone.
A woman facing a decision that is more self-preservation than a matter of ‘choice’ is entitled to receive health information from her physician, drug information from her local pharmacy and spiritual counseling from her church.
This isn’t a choice, it’s a right.
Even now, my available choices depend what state I live in. There's apparently no correlation between my available choices in a particular state and the amount resources that state devotes to pre-natal care, housing support, health insurance, food stamps, school funding, or quality child care.
My wish today is that whatever you think about abortion and all of the many aspects of that issue and the many more related issues, is that no one would ever trample upon or take away your right to make your own decisions about your body, your life, and your destiny. My thoughts today are with the people who worked to ensure this right in the past, the people who continue that work today, and the women who died from illegal abortions.
My mother's commitment to women's health and her compassion for all women's stories has inspired me to write this blog entry on the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. I am thankful that my mom was given a safe and legal abortion so that she could be the inspring mother towards my brother and I that she was.
I started actively supporting pro-choice organizations when I was at home in Missouri one summer, and due to some court cases presented by anti-abortion groups, all abortion clinics in Missouri shut down for a few days. It all of a sudden hit me that this option I had had my whole life, of the possibility of having an abortion if I needed it, was gone. It was a strange feeling. I think in a way I took legal abortion for granted, as it has been around my whole life. This experience, though, gave me a small glimpse into what it would be like to not have that option and it was scary.
Posted by Bush v. Choice at January 22, 2006 10:05 AM
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If I might make a suggestion, I tagged my post with "Blog For Choice Day" and "blogforchoice". Information on how to tag is here:
Great thing you're doing today. Thanks so much for getting this together!!!
Posted by: Liz at January 22, 2006 10:57 AM
Check out these:
Posted by: Ann Bartow at January 22, 2006 12:18 PM
You requested that we leave a comment after posting to our blogs, and I thought I'd use mine as an opportunity to thank you for organizing 'Blog for Choice Day'. So, thank you, and thank you for allowing my voice to be in the company of so many who are no-doubt more eloquent, and more informed than am I.
Posted by: Lenore at January 22, 2006 12:35 PM
Here's my post:
Posted by: Sandra at January 22, 2006 1:11 PM
Here is my post for Blogging for Choice:
Posted by: DFNM at January 22, 2006 2:01 PM
I am female. It's my body. Case closed.
Posted by: DebyN at January 22, 2006 2:07 PM
Thank you for organizing Blog for Choice day, and thank you to all the amazing voices speaking up.
Posted by: portia at January 22, 2006 2:47 PM
My post is now done:
Posted by: StealthBadger at January 22, 2006 3:09 PM
Thanks for that great suggestion Liz. I'm going to go back and add that tag.
Posted by: egalia at January 22, 2006 3:23 PM
Many, many thanks for organizing this. Here's my post:
Posted by: Violet Socks at January 22, 2006 3:40 PM
i blogged for choice here.
Posted by: domystic at January 22, 2006 3:59 PM
Posted by: Bitch at January 22, 2006 4:01 PM
Thank you for the opportunity to take action in celebration and support of 33 years of choice!
Posted by: AngryBlackBitch at January 22, 2006 4:03 PM
DED Space now has a Blog for Choice post up.
Posted by: Diane at January 22, 2006 4:11 PM
Thanks from Tennessee Guerilla Women too. This is going to be one scary week. How come the anniversary of Roe falls so close to Alito's vote?
I added another post!
Posted by: egalia at January 22, 2006 4:13 PM
I posted my Blog for Choice post a little earlier, at:
Egalia, I had wondered the same thing about Alito's vote. By the by, Fristy said that Alito will be "dems worst nightmare." With those kinds of statements, you would hope there will be a concerted effort to stop him.
Posted by: CE Petro at January 22, 2006 4:25 PM
Here's my post today:
Posted by: Liz at January 22, 2006 4:39 PM
Done as well
Posted by: rewatpowerliberal at January 22, 2006 4:56 PM
Here's my Post:
Thank you so much for organizing this event!
Posted by: (Often) Pedantic Musings at January 22, 2006 4:59 PM
I posted. I can't add the graphic, though, b/c I don't have my own image hosting, alas....
Posted by: bitchphd at January 22, 2006 5:10 PM
I've just posted in support of Blog for Choice Day...thank you for the extra support/motivation for writing from the heart about something that means a great deal to me!
My pro-choice post:
Posted by: Tara Tainton at January 22, 2006 5:10 PM
Posted by: caprice at January 22, 2006 5:13 PM
I thought I said I posted.
Posted by: caprice at January 22, 2006 5:14 PM
Here's my post in support of Roe v. Wade and Blog for Choice Day.
Posted by: greenlagirl at January 22, 2006 5:27 PM
I sent a link to my post (really late in the day - sorry!) but I forgot to ad a hearty THANK YOU! for organizing this effort. It is reaffirming and empowering to read all of the opinions of my pro-choice sisters. Come to think of it - thanks to all of you.
Posted by: 21stCenturyMom at January 22, 2006 5:33 PM
I love being able to read all of these wonderful pro-choice posts! Here is my contribution to the pile: http://www.hartshots.com/gratitude/2006/01/january-22.html
Posted by: tajour at January 22, 2006 5:41 PM
I didn't sign up, but I blogged for choice anyway. Or, would it be xanga'd?
In any case, here's my little ranting of my very own.
Posted by: Meghead at January 22, 2006 5:54 PM
Here's my contribution: Geekery Today 2006-01-22: Roe v. Wade Day #33
Posted by: Rad Geek at January 22, 2006 6:10 PM
I blogged for choice (and against Harper) here!
Posted by: Burrow the lost clown at January 22, 2006 6:13 PM
Here's my humble contribution: http://badmetaphor.net/blog/?p=33
Thank you for organizing this!
Posted by: karenology at January 22, 2006 6:21 PM
Blogging for choice and in celebration of Roe, at http://liberalfeministbias.blogspot.com/2006/01/blogging-for-choice-and-in-celebration.html.
Posted by: PseudoAdrienne at January 22, 2006 6:31 PM
I am mommy-blogging for choice:
Posted by: Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter at January 22, 2006 7:11 PM
I've got two up -
Posted by: Denise Tanton at January 22, 2006 7:20 PM
I've posted my contribution here: http://www.sapphosbreathing.com/archives/000737.html
Posted by: Cleis at January 22, 2006 7:24 PM
Thanks for this!!
Posted by: Jen at January 22, 2006 7:40 PM
My contribution is in the link under my handle. Thanks for organizing this!
Posted by: Sozialismus at January 22, 2006 7:51 PM
here's my post:
Posted by: claire at January 22, 2006 7:57 PM
Count me in. My link is here:
Posted by: Viviane at January 22, 2006 8:16 PM
My post is here http://green-jenni.livejournal.com/66453.html
I'm blogging about choice from a Utah point of view . . .
Posted by: greenjenni at January 22, 2006 8:27 PM
I failed to sign up for this in advance, but it seemed important, so I put up a shambling spanglish missive on choice here:
Posted by: Tex at January 22, 2006 8:53 PM
This is my post.
Posted by: ccw at January 22, 2006 9:07 PM
I also failed to sign up. I posted, and will continue to post, for as long as it takes. I believe the ultimate measure of a community is not where we stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where we stand at times of challenge and controversy.
(A hat tip to Dr. King, for the inspiration of those words.)
Posted by: jake m. at January 22, 2006 9:16 PM
I just found out about this today, but mine is here: http://www.katwithak.com/archives/000215.html
Posted by: Kat with a K at January 22, 2006 9:22 PM
I am a gynecologist who blogged today for choice. My post is entitled: "The Good News about Birth Control Pills."
Posted by: TBTAM at January 22, 2006 9:23 PM
Let me join everyone else in thanking you for running this. My post, which is a debate-y sort of thing, is here.
Posted by: Ampersand at January 22, 2006 9:26 PM
Here's my post for choice.
Let me just say that I'm really glad we're all doing this.
Posted by: Laura at January 22, 2006 9:36 PM
Here's my Blogging for choice, Texas-style:
In a state that does as poorly by women as mine, it's nice not to feel like a lone voice in the wilderness. Thanks so much for putting this together.
Posted by: kcb at January 22, 2006 9:47 PM
Here's my post:
Thanks to everyone who's helped organize ans support this.
Posted by: Sherri Wilcauskas at January 22, 2006 10:09 PM
ok, I blogged at my livejournal too. (Not as in depth, but there)
Posted by: Burrow the lost clown at January 22, 2006 10:12 PM
My post is here.
Posted by: River Curtis-Stanley at January 22, 2006 10:17 PM
Posted by: Nina Hikari at January 22, 2006 11:00 PM
Posted by: kelly g. at January 22, 2006 11:02 PM
Late in the day, but Stone Court has blogged for Choice:
Posted by: Fred Vincy at January 22, 2006 11:29 PM
Hi again. Thanks so much for organizing this! It's sorely needed now that it looks like Alito will be confirmed.
I put up 2 blog posts today to commemorate the 33rd Anniversary that I'm so hoping won't be the last.
Posted by: a nut at January 22, 2006 11:48 PM
here's my blog
Posted by: sophia at January 23, 2006 12:10 AM
I am so grateful to you for organizing this. I have had some of the best reading today that I've had in a while. Toothsome and thought provoking.
I wrote just a smattering, myself. Although not as eloquent as some, I felt a need to speak up. My piece can be found here:
Posted by: Rowan . at January 23, 2006 12:51 AM
Posted at http://spiritblooms.gaiastream.com/ .
Posted by: Spirit Blooms at January 23, 2006 12:58 AM
Thank you for doing this. Here's my two cents:
For every sad-faced right-winger placard-waving Jesus nut regretting her abortion, there's two more ordinary women across the street afraid to speak up.
Posted by: Keori at January 23, 2006 1:46 AM
Got my many-cents worth posted! Thanks for creating this. I needed it!
Posted by: cranky at January 23, 2006 3:49 AM
I posted here:
Thank you so much for making this happen.
Posted by: KPhoebe at January 23, 2006 7:04 AM
Thanks, everybody for your eloquence and to the gals at BushvChoice for doing this!
My post is here.
Posted by: ae at January 23, 2006 11:52 AM
Here's my post: http://nobloodforhubris.blogspot.com/2006/01/americas-unwanted-children-overturn.html.
Posted by: Card-carrying Buddhist at January 23, 2006 1:45 PM
Hi! Here's my post! Thanks so much for organizing this!
Posted by: Lingual X at January 23, 2006 6:09 PM
Posted by: Z at January 23, 2006 7:27 PM
Posted by: mochi_tsuki at January 23, 2006 8:07 PM
Thank you for organizing this. It's so important to raise our voices. My post is up.
Posted by: VenturaMom at January 23, 2006 10:31 PM
Here is my blog for choice!!
Posted by: mary_tyler_gore at January 24, 2006 11:53 AM
I didn't sign up (largely because I wasn't sure what the deal was with non-US posts), but I had a go, albeit in a somewhat unorthodox manner, although I also wrote a more conventional post explaining why I, as a Brit, was supporting the initiative.
Well done for organising this and to everybody who got involved.
Posted by: Disillusioned kid at January 24, 2006 4:03 PM
I, too, want to thank you for making b4c happen! I posted on my two blogs (guy2k & capitoilette), and I continue to post with updates and action plans. I encourage everyone to call their Senators and voice support for a filibuster to stop Sam Alito from swinging the court far too far to the right.
Posted by: guy2k at January 25, 2006 3:39 AM