RE(posting)- REproductive wrongs

these women – sharon, christine, sarah, meg, carly, nikki –  these women do not speak FOR ME. They are not my voice. They don’t share my values. or my hopes, or my beliefs.

Sharon Angle: well, she believes that abortion should not be allowed in any case – incest or rape. I wonder what she would feel like if she had a gun to her head, being beaten over and over and over, raped incessantly, or gang raped. Miss Angle, I got news for you, you don’t speak for women who have been battered and bruised and raped and violated. how dare you? if you don’t want to have an abortion, then by all means, don’t have one. keep the baby. that’s YOUR CHOICE.

Christine O’Donnell –  well, she believes that abortion & contraception are anti-human, and masturbation is a sin. Obviously she’s not been alone much on a Friday or Saturday night. I mean really what is she gonna do, cut-off the hand that feeds her? If she thinks masturbation is a sin, well then, i wouldn’t tell her to go fuck herself. Clearly, that’s a case for being hell-bound.

Nikki Haley – of course, she would outlaw abortion and send women to prison who seek abortions. That’s always such a good answer, yeah, yeah, let’s toss the women in prison. prison being such a nurturing place. You’re bound to come out of jail feeling much, much better about yourself, and I’m pretty sure that a jail term for terminating your unwanted pregnancy is right up there with elevating your self-esteem.

Who are these self-righteous misinformed women?

They don’t speak for me.


I said it once, I’m gonna say it again:

i’m pro-choice. i’m all for people making choices in their lives.

and, you know, they don’t have to make the same choices as me.

they can have their OPINION.

i love that i have choices. i get to choose friends, and partners, and clothes, and food, and furniture, and politicians, and hair salons and doctors and restaurants and medication and pets and cars and all sorts of things, i get to choose where i live and what i say and who i love. my choice. and i just love that. and sometimes i make choices and wow oh fucking wow are they the wrong choices, so i get to make new choices, and hopefully i get to learn from my mistakes, and if not, well, then i get to make more choices.

and it seems to me that those who are so clearly pro-life get to choose too. boy oh boy do they choose. they get to choose who they love and what they wear and who they don’t like and what they say and who they vote for and where they eat and where they picket and what they burn and what kind of cars and houses they buy and what news and radio they listen to and the company they keep. and you bet a lot of their choices i don’t agree with. not my choices.

so, it looks like everyone is choosing. holy shit … everyone  it seems is pro-choice.

and to clarify, i’m pretty pro-life also, i love (okay, maybe not every single day….) waking up in the morning, i love that i get to kiss my husband and friends (yes, on the lips, thank you very much!), that i get to watch the sun rise and set, that i get to write and speak and share my thoughts, visit my friends, go to the movies, and theater and laugh and cry and help someone else get through a day. i’m pretty found of life. i think life is extraordinary, even in the worst of times. i’m all for life.

yep, yep, that sounds pretty pro-life to me.

someone said to me yesterday that she was pro-life and … tada.. “didn’t think i was,” which by the way, i can understand, so, i kinda looked at her and asked, well, why, what makes you think that? and she said, well, because you’re clearly pro-choice, and i said to her, well yes, I am pro-choice, and she asked, well how can you be “pro-life and pro-choice” and i said:

well, you know, i’m also all for pro-bowling, and pro-tennis, and pro-golf, and all for pro-bono work (which is very different than sonny bono work), and pro-skating and pro-duce, and pro-phylactics, and pro-mo and pro-ton, and pro-baseball…

and she kinda looked at me and said, yeah, well, what about an abortion, you think that that’s okay? is that what you’re saying?

and i looked right at her and said, “you my dear are trying to kill my opinions, wouldn’t you call that an abortion?”

i left it at that.

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6 Responses to “RE(posting)- REproductive wrongs”

  1. Madge Woods

    The best. You are so quick with responses. I remember great lines after the fact and sometimes even call the person and tell them what I really should have said.

    I have found that I can barely tolerate the right anymore on anything and usually end up frustrated and sad. But you always cheer me up on politics and your funny thoughts. I have stopped trying to share my point of view with those that don’t share it. But you do it in such a clever way. Love your writing and hope to meet you somewhere soon.

  2. Maxee

    You Go Girl!!!
    You tell-em.
    I just LOVE this piece so so much.
    LOVE IT!!!!
    You R O C K, Baby!!!!

  3. Molly

    Amy… Rock on girl! I want to scream from the mountain tops that “pro-choice” does not mean “pro-abortion” – never has, never will. I think maybe we need a t-shirt – a new t-shirt that captures your wonderful, funny, sad, strong, honest, intelligent, humble, courageous message. I, for one, would wear one proudly.
    Love to you – keep on keeping on. We need your voice!!!!!

  4. Tom

    I fear this will not be a non-issue in our grandchildren’s lifetime. Great musings as always…

  5. Julie G

    GRRRRRRate!!! reading your sassy-blog… girl…
    out there to the max..and worth every minute.
    love, one of your kiss on the mouth, friends!!

  6. Charlotte R

    Great answer Amy. Love that last line. And thanks, Molly, for reminding us that pro-choice just means each person gets to choose according to his or her own conscience. With all the misnomers, innuendos, and just plain bullshit flying around, I almost forgot it. And ya know something else — I’m pro-life too — live life to the fullest, be grateful for what you have, sing praises to the Divine Creator, Mother, Goddess. Enjoy every moment, be open to something new happening at any second, to miracles, to love. Be pro-love, pro-brother/sisterhood, pro-peace, pro-peacemaker, pro-peacekeeper, pro-shaman, pro-we are all one, pro-its my body, its my life, don’t legislate it! Pro-individualism. That’s pro-God, that’s what we were created to be.

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (people) are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life (as it exists independently outside the womb of another person’s flesh and blood), Liberty (freedom to make choices unimpeded by governmental rule or religious dogma), and the pursuit of Happiness (the opportunity to follow the calling of one’s own heart’s desire).”

    That’s my Declaration of Independence!

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