it's motherfucking soapbox time!
i'm sorry, i can't help it. sometimes when i get all riled up, the motherfuckers just come out of my face without my realizing it. ahem.
let me tell you something serious: i have never had an abortion. true story. so far as i know it, all 35 years of my life my uterus has been embryo free. if i was ever pregnant, at any time, i didn't know it.
do you know how i managed such a daring feat? was it abstinence? no. i'm sorry to burst your bubble, but i was not a virgin when i married. wait, i'm not sorry to burst your bubble. i was a happy, sexually active adult for about 16 years before i married my husband. you know why i never got pregnant? i was armed, at an early age, with a working knowledge of my body as well as birth control methods. it's literally that simple.
when women don't feel guilty about being sexual being, when they are armed with knowledge, they make better decisions for themselves. they take care of themselves. this might mean making babies, it might not. regardless of that, i'm not less of a woman because no child came from my uterus, not less of a woman because i didn't "save" myself for marriage, not any less of a PERSON because i think my body is mine and i deserve access to health care.
so yeah, i never had an abortion. i know a lot of women who have, though, women that i love and would full on getting into a knife-fight for. whatever their reason (or reasons) for terminating a pregnancy, it was theirs. not yours, not mine, not anyone else's. let's trust them to be kind to themselves, to be true to what they believe, to make the very best decisions they can. if you think they're old enough to be a parent, let's trust them to do what they think is best for their bodies and families and lives. any reproductive decision is hard to make without the GOP and Jesus all up in our uterus. don't believe in abortion? don't have one.
look, i just solved the abortion debate. i did it while tipsy and angry too!