Ugh I have to go back to work tomorrow–yuck. Having four days off was so wonderful, not because I mind my job, but because I enjoyed the break from my absurd co-workers. Oh well, back to the mines for me! I suppose it will be good for me to do something other than straight chill all day…
Anyway, I am writing this weblog because today (well, yesterday) is the 36th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
I’ve gone around the entire spectrum of perspectives on abortion in debate, written many papers on the philosophical basis of its principles, and even spent a day in an abortion clinic (that is a long and rather scary story, but I had to do an observation in a clinic for a class. Little did I know it was not just a NORMAL clinic but an ABORTION clinic. Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the building and there were protesters outside. Fun!) It’s something I think about a fair amount in both a societal sense and a personal one.
I don’t think abortion is “right” or necessarily something I’d ever do, and I never realised what an issue abortion was until I saw people getting late-term abortions (come on, you really didn’t know you didn’t want to have a baby until you were four months along? Really?) or having their fourth or fifth abortion (there were several patients with whom this was the case.) It bothers me intensely that people don’t take abortion seriously, or treat it as birth control–both of which I didn’t realize occurred until I encountered these types of people in the clinic.
That said, the principle behind Roe v. Wade was PRIVACY and the fact that the government doesn’t have a right to interfere with an individual’s privacy and personal autonomy in the form of life decisions. I couldn’t agree more with this as the notion that the government can inject personal opinions into society is very offensive to me and if the decision of whether or not to have a child is not one that should be left to the individual, I don’t know what is. It is a fundamental human right to make choices regarding one’s reproductivity and the fact that this was even brought to the Supreme Court is almost bothersome because I don’t think it is something that should be up for discussion.
I dated someone who was vehemently pro-life and always got on my case about my pro-choice position; to me, it isn’t at all a practical or personal issue but more of a philosophical one. I don’t know that I’d feel okay terminating a pregnancy( and I’m very happy that I have never had to deal with that situation), but I don’t think that means the government has a right to take away that choice for anyone.
Conversely, I also have friends who refuse to use the term “baby” or even “fetus” in reference to abortion–I’ve taken a great deal of biology and I’m well aware of the fact that the group of cells does not become anything resembling a baby for a fair amount of time–that said, if it is to become a child, to me, that means it should be considered that way in the case of abortion. Of course, I don’t want to get into the fundamental debate behind abortion of when life begins, but as with most things, I really think people should strive to see both sides of the issue, and that is something I strive to do with abortion precisely because it is so controversial.
Anyway, yay for Roe v. Wade. Yay for rights. My basic feeling on the government (and most issues) is routed in the fact that I value personal freedom and choice above all else, and this case is a great example of the importance of the government knowing when to take a step back and respect peoples’ privacy and rights.