Blog for Choice Day


Blog for Choice Day - January 22, 2007


I was visiting Mama C-Ta today and I saw her post about being pro-choice. Apparently, yesterday was Blog for Choice day. I'm late. Ironically. But I'm posting today.

I was adopted and searched for my biological mother when I was pregnant with son. I found a very courageous lady with many stories to tell. One of the things she shared was that she lived in a home for unwed mothers in Green Bay, WI while she waited to give me up for adoption. There were many girls that she bonded with while in the home. Quite a few were very young and uneducated about birth control, others had come from sexually abusive backgrounds and needed a haven while they waited out their pregnancies. Not all of the women were able to find comfort in each other as some were too damaged from what they experienced prior to entering the home. But food, shelter, clothing, prayer and company were there for everyone.

Without a doubt, I am pro-choice. Pro-letusmakeourownchoices versus having the government tell us what to do with our bodies. But I'm also pro-adoption. I wish the pro-life movement would focus more on creating wonderful adoption support systems like the home my biological mother was able to find. Let's provide non-judgemental support and care for women in need of help instead of holding pictures of dead babies on picket signs.
Wouldn't it be lovely if we could work together to provide better sex education, free birth control and greater adoption support networks. We don't need to take away our right to choose in order to create a better, safer world for women to give birth in.

So yes, pro-choice, pro-adoption and pro-women.

17 comments:

Heather said...

Nicely said.

mommiebear2 said...

You go girl!

Oh, The Joys said...

That was perfect. I think you should run for office. Seriously, I think you may have just found some of the sacred and elusive middle ground! I bow down. You.

Angelina said...

I am always happy to hear people speaking about reasonable solutions for tough problems. I had no idea it was Blog for Choice Day yesterday either. darn. Maybe it's better if I don't open my mouth on the subject, I have a way of shaking people up a bit.

Anyway, I'm with you on the pro-choice, pro-adoption, and pro-women.

PamKittyMorning said...

Well said. I'm in complete agreement.

Lotta said...

Thank you ladies. As always, your comments mean so so much to me. :)

mark said...

Couldn't agree with you more. They had a large truck driving town around a couple years ago with pictures of aborted fetuses on it. It was just gross and I don't know how they thought it would further the pro-life cause. I was proud of my state for voting down the complete ban on abortions the legislature passed last year, but there's talk of another one this year with an exception or two (last year's had NO exceptions).

Domestic Slackstress said...

I missed out on this one too. Good inspiration for a future post though. Thanks for bringing it up.

Esmerelda said...

I'm with you girl! My mother missed Rowe V Wade by a few months and might have made a different decision when she found herself pregnant at 19 with me. I'm always very concious of the fact that my mere presence changed the path of her life, and she was left choiceless.

Everything has worked well for us, and I'm happy to be **here**, but I'm glad I've always had a choice.

Secondly, if the pro-choice folks took all the money and energy they put into lobbying and gross truck pictures into research to allow a fetus to survive/develop outside a mother's womb-- so they don't have to wait 9 months for adoption (and potentially harm said fetus out of stupidity)-- I bet that would change things considerably.

They're short-sighted asses....and until men grow a uterus and have to be in that situation, it is none of their business.

Jen said...

VERY WELL SAID!!!!

Jenny said...

I'm with you, sister.

I don't know if I'll ever blog about it because I'm not sure it's my story to tell but my mother found out she was pregnant after some possibly damaging tests were run on her. She decided to have an abortion and a few months later she got pregnant again...with me. I'm probably one of the only people who can say that I'm here BECAUSE my mother had an abortion. Of course, that being said, Victor's mom got pregnant with him when she was terribly young and chose to have him anyway which I really respect and admire.

Pro-choice with better options for women. Amen.

sillychick said...

Always, always pro-choice here! Funny, though, I think my blog entry today directly correlates with this whole subject.

Julie Pippert said...

"Wouldn't it be lovely if we could work together to provide better sex education, free birth control and greater adoption support networks."

Quite simply? yes.

I also missed this, bummer. Glad people like you spoke up!

yerdoingitwrong said...

This is a great post. I'm with you 100%!

Queen of the Mayhem said...

You have summed up my feelings, as well. I am certainly NOT pro-abortion. I think it is morally wrong. However, that is my opinion. I do not think anyone but ME should have a say in what I choose to do with MY body! ( As so on with others.) I think you were very eloquent in the face of a difficult situation. I am pro-choice. I am certainly NOT pro-abortion!

Lotta said...

Your stories and comments are amazing. One of, no THE thing I love most about blogging is the collective power of voices. It feels like we are sending something out into the universe that is good and united.

Mamma said...

As a fellow pro-choice adoptee I share your view!!! Thanks for writing such a wonderful post.