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Nov. 5th, 2012

I spend more time on Facebook than I do here, but because of the great diversity in political beliefs among my friends I refuse to talk about politics there. So I'm going to say it here instead because I have to get it out.

I'm not sure I've ever felt as personally connected to a candidate's stance as I am this year. I cannot support someone who supports personhood amendments. I have spent too much money and time and emotion and pain these past several years trying to have a baby to feel comfortable with a president who can wave his hand at me and say "eh, you can't have one." Especially when he can wave his hand at a rape victim and say "now you, you HAVE to have one."

Life is full of varying shades of gray. And for those who think that I stand with a pro-choice candidate because I don't care about the precious life of a child, think again - I stand with a pro-choice candidate because I care so much about the precious life of a child that I WANT to spend thousands of dollars and five years (and counting) and emotion and pain to MAKE a precious life.

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eris_devotee
Nov. 6th, 2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
I hear you and completely agree. And it's insulting that women are not credited for putting much thought and consideration into their choices. Before using clomid, I had to decide - could I go through a reduction if I had triplets (or more). I mean, it's still something that I'm not completely settled about, even though I know I would end up making the prudent medical decision.
rivulet
Nov. 7th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
I had to go through the exact same thing. It was a big choice, and I hated having to think about that possibility in the midst of something like IVF. How can I want babies so badly and then have to figure out whether to reduce.
rini
Nov. 7th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Well said, well said.
outtajo
Nov. 13th, 2012 06:01 am (UTC)
Well-said.

And I hate hate hate that taking a political stance over something like this often leads to critics referring to us as "one issue voters." Well, I'm sorry, but my health, my autonomy as a person, MY very "personhood"... that's an issue worth voting on. If I don't have control of my very self, what does all the rest matter?

Men can't be considered "one issue voters" on this kind of issue because no one is trying to control their bodies.

Must be nice.
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