Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Politics

I had a government class a few years back were the teacher who was politically minded assigned each student to create a political platform as if he or she was actually a candidate. Part of the assignment was to stand in front of the class and proclaim this platform. So, I did my research and was excited with the assignment.

Only when the time came to speak there was a class divide. My platform as pro-choice liberal with sympathies for the pro-life movement and the value of life didn't seem to go over well amongst a classroom full of pro-life individuals. I was clearly of the minority in my class.

As a child my dad had taken me to a pro-life rallies on two different occasions. I'm pretty sure my mother turned down the chance to take me because she didn't feel appropriate for a child to be subjected at such an early age. She didn't even want to have to explain to me what the rally was even really about.
Nonetheless, after having been involved in the pro-life rally my ideas where forever changed.

The idea of holding a sign, being part of a group, and standing for a cause was a wonderful experiance. Although, what my dad hadn't taken into consideration was the two women who drove by holding right to choice signs proclaiming the woman's right to make a choice.

Those two women affected me much more than the crowd full of pro-lifers. These women, they were the minority, the minority taking a risk to stand for what they believe. They risked the chance that a crowd might not accept their ideals. The idea that a woman should have the right to make a choice for herself.

Now, years later when I, in my college history class was asked to write my political platform the issue of choice was an issue I did not take lightly and for this I was shunned by my fellow classmates who along with my teacher believed in the pro-life movement.

I couldn't argue with the value of life. The only issue I had, and still have today is that although quality of life is valued above all else the laws and the legal regulations regarding abortion are of interest.

Roe vs Wade was decided by the Supreme Court forty years ago and should the balance of power in the supreme court be justly equal between that of liberal and conservation appointments the original ruling empowering women with the right to make the choice will not likely be overturned.

Now, while abortion laws should not remain lax, they do need to be taken seriously and therefore the right to life movement serves a purpose.
Now, upon having had a horrible classroom experience in college in attempting to discuss my political agenda with a classroom full of people who seemed resentful of my liberal ideology.

I still find discussing politics concerning my choice to be pro-choice with others who happen to be pro-life and although pro-choice seems to be the ever so popular political stance in the state of Missouri I do not ever feel I will be able to abandon the woman's right to choose.

Those two women at my very first pro-choice rally who drove by holding the signs proclaiming a woman's right to what happens to her body made an unforgettable impression on me. I will never forget the two women who decided to take a stand against the majority.

So, in conclusion although I began to write this to reflect on the 40th anniversary of Roe vs Wade and my admiration of Supreme Court Justices and the integrity of such a position held, I would like to point out something simple.

When regarding childcare laws I have given in at the chance to speak at many gathering for several reasons but an important reason is that I'm pro-choice and in Missouri an overwhelmingly conservative state the voice of an individual who isn't pro-live doesn't often get the chance to be heard.

So now that Sam Pratt's law passed this last legislative session, I guess I don't have to be afraid to say the words pro-choice anymore with the fear somebody might find me out preventing childcare laws from being taken seriously in the conservative political arena.

Roe vs Wade hasn't been overturned for forty years now and weather or not my conservation parents are or are not ashamed to have a pro-choice daughter I'm coming out to show my pro-choice women's right to choose stance.

I would also like to thank two pro-choice blogger Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser and Cecily Kellogg for their political stances. I forever relish some of their blog posts which made clear there are times to be quiet and their are times to speak. Thank you.


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