This year, NARAL's "Pro-Choice Blog Day," theme question was, Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011? I think their question is a good place for me to start, because, frankly, what "anti-choice" gains in Congress do they expect their readers and writers to respond to. The allowance for abortion funding through federal tax dollars in the new health care bill? The election of one of the most pro-choice Presidents in our nation's history? As a pro-life person, I would like to see all these pro-life victories they are lamenting, so that I can celebrate them.
Since the only pro-life victories I could think of were the elections of Scott Brown and Kelly Ayotte, and I admittedly used google today to help me find the latter, I am going to turn NARAL's question against them and answer my own -- Given the anti-life gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about life (and choice) in 2011?
In a word, yes. I am concerned about both life and choice in 2011. I am concerned that every time I read the news, I see life at risk. Whether it is in pro-abortion legislation, teenage and college suicides, murders or people being sentenced to capital punishment, it seems that life is threatened everywhere I look.
I am also however worried about choice. I am worried about a world, where a woman believes abortion is her best choice. I am worried about a world where people believe allowing their child to die is a better option than allowing her to live. I am worried about a world where people believe they are preventing their child pain by killing it, instead of bringing it in to a "bad," situation. I am worried about a world where people who believe in God, have a personal opposition to abortion, and generally seem like good people, can still say that abortion should be a choice for others. Recently my grandmother was telling me how in her childhood no one ever talked or really thought about abortion, the idea was simply unfathomable. They never thought a world where abortion would be available legally, in clean clinics with trained medical personnel would exist. And that is what worries me most, a world where abortion has become not simply a "choice," but a true "option," that people weigh equally with others and consider just as legitimately as others.