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I haven’t changed my mind.

by Christa on July 23, 2013

in Daily Digest,Life Story,Pregnancy

Warning – this post might be a little too political/controversial. Tread lightly.

I haven’t changed all that much. I wondered if being pregnant would gift me with all of this wonderful maternal knowledge – instantly I would be matronly sage and marvel at the miracle of life, etc etc. It hasn’t. I’m the same. I love our baby, but I’m the same.

The ONE day I happened to be at home sick was the day Wendy Davis launched a 13-hour filibuster to block a devastating bill that impedes women’s rights in Texas. We were leaving for Costa Rica in the morning, but I stayed up well past midnight watching the live feed – witnessing the GOP trying to illegally hold a vote past the midnight deadline to push the bill through. I think you all know the rest.

Ultimately, she was not successful. So I’m sad. The state I live in and love passed one of the most restrictive bills on abortion and women’s health in the country this week. This bill did so much more than ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy – it essentially made it impossible for most of the facilities offering abortions in the state to operate (requiring that doctors have admitting privileges at hospitals), as well as imposing stricter regulations on RU486 (the “abortion pill”). I received an email from Planned Parenthood today stating that they would be closing their centers in Bryan, Huntsville, and Lufkin – rural areas that likely have limited resources as it is.

I wondered if being with child would change my feelings at all about abortion. It hasn’t. I am still 100% vehemently pro-choice. My body, my decision. There were times early in my pregnancy when I wondered what we would do if it turned out something was severely wrong (knock wood). Terminating the pregnancy might have been a choice I would have had to make if our future baby was going to live a short life of suffering, or something to that effect. It would not have been an easy decision – luckily, that was a bridge we did not have to cross. And bear in mind – this pregnancy was planned. There is no doubt in my mind what I would have done if something had gone awry and I had somehow gotten pregnant in college, or even before we were stable enough to be parents. And I am 100% confident that I would have made the RESPONSIBLE choice. Children deserve a loving, stable home. And now many women in Texas will not have this option easily available to them. More children born into poverty, neglect, a vicious cycle wherein our state continues to fail them. As George Carlin eloquently put it, “If you’re pre-born, you’re fine. If you’re preschool, you’re fucked.”

Since I AM pregnant, I imagine myself living in Lufkin. Or Bryan. Or Huntsville. No Planned Parenthood now. I imagine something being wrong – having to make that difficult choice. I imagine that a heartbreaking situation is now made even more so by the fact that the decision I’d make is so controversial I can’t even stay in my own town for a basic procedure for my health. And don’t forget – you still have to have an ultrasound and be shown the results beforehand!

Oh yeah – I am also firmly in the “if you don’t have a uterus, you don’t get an opinion” camp – sorry dudes (not sorry).

Texas women, we have been failed. I urge you to vote in your next election – let’s get these clowns out of office once and for all. It’s YOUR rights we are talking about.  If you can’t see the importance of this, I urge you to research and discover the restrictive nature of this new bill.  If you REFUSE to see the importance of this, then shame on you.

One day my daughter will be old enough that I can teach her about the importance of standing up and speaking out for women’s rights. And when she does, that will be a proud day for me.



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