The higher morality of reproductive choice

Published on Intrepid Report, by Dennis Rahkonen, July 10, 2014.

Abortions are often necessary, and only each female, in her own unique circumstance, can determine what constitutes a legitimate abortion need. No one has the defensible authority to second-guess or demonize any woman who arrives at that conclusion. The death of even a single already-born, living, breathing, socially functioning female from medical complications, wire hanger/back alley desperation, or suicide—because safe, legal pregnancy termination was unavailable to her—is a far worse travesty than the “holocaust of murdered babies” in which “of” is the sole, not-wildly-inapplicable word.  

That’s why we must always defend the ability to choose. Girls and women have an unequivocally valid claim to personhood rights. Zygotes and embryos do not. What’s most offensive is the constant, cruel depiction by conservatives of those who obtain abortions as being “irresponsible” or “selfish.” Why are the boys and men who get females pregnant never so described? … //

… Compulsory birth, ordered under some sort of fascistic edict, shouldn’t be tolerated. Those who disagree should listen to what medical professionals so horrifically experienced as they treated women whose lives bled away in hospital emergency rooms before Roe v. Wade.

Going back to that dreadful era would be an abomination.

We need comprehensive sex education and ready contraceptive availability, not ignorance-promoting “abstinence only” indoctrination or punitive Hobby Lobby-style American Talibanism. We must additionally demand humane governmental policies providing the healthcare, nutrition and other supportive aid that, if present, would go a long way toward eliminating the fear and frequent, actual impossibility of bringing children into a painfully unjust society.

Tellingly, the same conservatives who champion “babies” in the womb often lose all interest after they’re hungrily crying in impoverished mothers’ arms, as proven by their recent willingness to cruelly slash food stamps (SNAP). Choice must prevail, or wide-ranging subjugation and suffering will surely result.

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(Dennis Rahkonen of Superior, Wisconsin, has been writing progressive commentary with a Heartland perspective for various outlets since the ’60s).

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