Happy Birthday Roe.
So, in honor of the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, today is Blog for Choice day. It seems like as good a time as any to start actually writing posts here.
NARAL Pro-Choice America wants bloggers to devote at least one post to why it's important to vote pro-choice. Personally, I like the format that Jessica at Feministing used, so I'm going to use it too.
Why do I vote pro-choice?
I vote pro-choice because I feel women make better decisions for themselves than a bunch of old white men could possibly make for them.
I vote pro-choice because I believe that people should only bring new lives into this world if they're ready to.
I vote pro-choice because I believe that all children deserve to be wanted children; and that all mothers should be mothers because they choose to, not because they had no other choice.
I vote pro-choice because I believe that women's lives are important.
I vote pro-choice because I don't think women should be punished for being sexual/having sex.
I vote pro-choice because I'm a person, and no other person ever has the right to tell me what I can and can't do with my body.
When it comes down to it, I vote pro-choice because I feel that decisions regarding pregnancy and sexuality in general are, and always should be, personal decisions, and because I know that women are perfectly capable of deciding on their own. I vote pro-choice because I believe in choice: choosing what sort of contraception to use, or if you even use it at all; choosing to terminate a pregnancy, or choosing to continue it; choosing who you have sex with and when; these are all choices that each person should always have the right to make for themselves. I vote pro-choice because I believe that women are real people.