Great article: “Why I’m Getting an Abortion”
We’ve done a lot of podcasts on the subject of abortion in the last few months; with Tim Tebow’s Super bowl ad to the murder of Dr. George Tiller, the controversy surrounding abortion never goes away. Last show we did, a fan emailed me saying his girlfriend had been upset from listening to the casualness and callousness we displayed when talking about it. Apparently, not having a vagina means you can’t properly share your opinion on the matter.
If that’s true, then I think everyone should read this article on the Friendly Atheist. Angie the Anti-Theist is in the process of going through the procedure, and she offers a candid look at what it’s like on her own website. Here’s a few passages:
I believe in a woman’s right to choose, in general for others and in this case for me. Abortion doesn’t have to be justified and it doesn’t have to fit your neighbor’s or coworker’s opinions of a “good enough reason.”
I think “I don’t want to be pregnant” is one of the best reasons there is for having an abortion (along with “I don’t want to be a parent” and “I’ll probably die”).
Why don’t we talk about this more? Well, because we’ve been taught not to. By the women (and men involved) before us who didn’t talk about their abortions, by the religious right who told us we were whores for wanting to enjoy sex without the punishment of pregnancy and childbirth, and by the left who hung their heads in sorrow that people “had to” get abortions.
Be sure to go read it!