I like to post really offensive comments occasionally, not to upset people, but to show how far we have to go. The article (which is great) talks about supporting repro rights in Maine: http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/01/27/opinion/supporting-reproductive-rights-of-maine-women/ Feel free to read the article and definitely feel free to comment on the comments!
First, the offensive comment by EJParsons: Just wow.
“Reproductive rights = the right to reproduce; not the right to terminate the life of an unborn child.”
So I exist not to have my own life – because that would be ludicrous – but to birth ’em out. How exciting.
Thank God people like HankWilliams exists to contradict:
“I am seriously tired of those who would paint this complex issue in black and white. A society that seeks to deprive women of control over the reproductive process is a society in which women are second-class citizens. It stretches scientific and philosophic credulity to assign full human rights to a zygote immediately after conception. It’s also problematic to deny the humanity of an eighth-month fetus (though late-term abortions are a tiny percentage of all abortions and are usually done for medical reasons, like saving the life of the mother). For a good, balanced, thoughtful treatment of the subject, I suggest the chapter on abortion in Carl Sagan’s last book, Billions and Billions, published after his death in 1996. Humans will likely be debating this subject a thousand years from now. But spare me the “evil” and “murderer” rhetoric. It does nothing but reveal your own ignorance.”
I fully agree with Hank’s comment. I’m a hardcore pro-choicer, but I understand that people view fetuses differently. There is a very gray line on when that fetus becomes a child and I don’t think anybody has the answer to that. But shoving your opinion down everyone’s throats instead of being willing to have an open conversation about it is NOT the answer, I know that much.