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In Which I Am Apparently Not Pro-Choice - Autistic Thoughts
November 15th, 2007
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In Which I Am Apparently Not Pro-Choice
Many months ago, a friend of mine posted an entry asserting that anyone who would make a "I'm pro-choice, but..." statement or otherwise has any reservations about their reproductive rights stance should not truly consider themselves "pro-choice". I didn't say anything at the time; I was even less courageous about my advocacy than I am now, and everyone else commenting was falling over themselves in agreement. I didn't have the time, energy, or confidence to speak up then. I guess I still don't entirely have the confidence since I'm saying this here and now rather than at the time or somewhere they're likely to read it. Better late than never, I suppose.

I am pro-choice, but I believe that the right to choose NOT to terminate a pregnancy is as important as the right to abort.
I am pro-choice, but I believe that that choice can never truly be made freely when whole categories of people are devalued and dehumanized.
I am pro-choice, but supporting the right to abort does not necessitate believing that every choice to abort is morally right.
I am pro-choice, but I don't believe that some types of people are more worthy of being born than others.
I am pro-choice, but I won't assume that a disabled person is being exploited if I see them protesting with a pro-life crowd.
I am pro-choice, but I don't believe that fetuses are interchangeable, or that choosing to let a child with a disability be born is somehow depriving a hypothetical non-disabled child of existence.
I am pro-choice, but choosing to abort because "people like that are just burdens on society", "have no quality of life" or "shouldn't exist" is misguided and misinformed, if not flat-out evil.
I am pro-choice, but I don't think non-disabled doctors or parents are in the best position to evaluate a prospective disabled person's quality of life.
I am pro-choice, but I don't think we SHOULD screen for every possible gene just because we can.
I am pro-choice, but I don't think we're doing the species any service by arbitrarily eliminating parts of it.
I am pro-choice, but it's abhorrent to shame a woman for choosing not to abort.
I am pro-choice, but the right to choose whether or not to have a child isn't necessarily synonymous with the right to choose what kind of child to have.
I am pro-choice, but I die a little inside every time someone on my side argues the non-personhood of a fetus using Utilitarian philosophy.
I am pro-choice, but I consider the current Downs Syndrome abortion rates as tantamount to genocide.
I am pro-choice, but I see signs that the slippery slope is getting slipperier and slipperier.
I am pro-choice, but I disagree with the very idea of a "wrongful birth".
I am pro-choice, but anti-eugenics.
I am pro-choice, but if I ever again witness someone saying that it's wrong or evil or child abuse to allow a disabled child to be born, I will not keep silent.

I am pro-choice, and I long for the day when all lives will be seen as having equal dignity and value.

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Date:November 16th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
brilliant, agreed 100%.
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Date:February 1st, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)

Brilliant! Ok if I friend you?

Absolutely brilliant, expresses so well how I feel about some people's attitudes. I also found what I'd read so far of your other posts very interesting, would you mind if I added you to my friends list? And thanks for the OZMO link, I've emailed them to find out what the chances are of them introducing postage ability outside the USA, otherwise I think I will have to line up with a friend to pay them postage,and use their address for delivery.
Will wait to see if it's ok with you if add you to friends list.
Date:February 1st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Brilliant! Ok if I friend you?

I don't mind at all if you friend me. :-)
It always brightens my day to hear that someone found something I said insightful or informative in some way.

I'm glad that you enjoyed the Ozmo link as well. You may have some luck looking locally for the products they carry if you can't get them to ship internationally- they're more of a resource for finding and buying things rather than a manufacturer, so pretty much anything there is available through other sources as well. For example, there's at least three or four different chains of toy stores in my area which carry some variation of the tentacle balls that I like.
Date:March 18th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, yes.
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Date:August 21st, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
that's definitely a side of the argument for choice that gets glossed over or ignored. thanks for sharing. it's important that these things are talked about.
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