Sunday, September 25, 2011

Punishing the Unlucky





Sit back a moment, chill, and listen to the song. Now take a deep breath and consider something you've probably known for a long time but just didn't realize you knew it.

Anti-abortion/Personhood laws are just penalties for people who aren't as lucky as you are.

Sometimes we roll the dice and sometimes the dice are rolled for us. If you're against abortion in every case, then you were probably lucky enough to:

1. Not grow up in a family where you were molested. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

2. Not be raped. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

3. Not get caught when you had sex. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

4. Not have a condom break or miss a pill. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

5. Not have a difficult or dangerous pregnancy. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

6. Not be infertile. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

7. Not grow up in poverty and despair. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

8. Not have children suffering with a debilitating disease. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

9. Not lack the education to understand how to prevent pregnancy. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

10. Not have a sexual partner who abused or abandoned you. Not everyone is as lucky as you.

You have no right to penalize those who are unluckier than you are; especially not until you've walked a mile in their shoes. It's not that you're somehow more righteous and pure than women who need abortions or reproductive care. It's just that you haven't rolled the dice and come up snake eyes - yet.