In future, this type of post will live at Absolute Equality along with the possibly differing opinions of other women, but this was happening and I had to write it out.
I was just up on Parliament Hill. Often I walk up there for work, but today it was my lunch time. I went to see the March for Life protest, and to join the pro-choice demonstration in response to it.
I have been pro-choice all my life. I remember being younger and knowing that it was about my right as a woman, but I think I have a much better understanding now.
I am not less of a person because I can carry a baby. When an embryo comes into being, its rights do not suddenly usurp mine. I am a full, developed human being with autonomy over my own body and what happens to it. My being pregnant does not mean that someone else should then be able to decide what I can and cannot do.
I was up on the hill surrounded by teenagers. I’m told that the March for Life is an annual field trip for Catholic School students from across the province. I have no problem with young people who believe that abortion is wrong. I have no difficulty understanding that side of the argument, but I have made a choice about what I think should be more important – the human being that already exists.
What I have a problem with is what I seem to see a lot of – young people who don’t understand the issue, who are not allowed to learn. Young people who are told simply that sex before marriage is a sin, and birth control is a sin, and we don’t want to teach you about safe sex or birth control, so when some of you inevitably have unprotected sex or misuse birth control and get pregnant, you will have to decide whether to sin again or put yourself through something that you may be totally unprepared for on so many different levels.
I am pro-choice, but I am also pro information. Kids need to know what they’re getting into. They need to know about protection and consequences. They need the information so they can decide what is and is not an option for them. Adults who preach one kind of life and ignore all possibility that their kids might take chances and experiment are not doing anyone any favours.