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.