everyone who is against this legislation keeps making the argument that “if you don’t want an abortion, don’t get one”, which sounds simple, right? they say, “don’t push your political/religious beliefs on us”, which no one ever wants, right? “what about rape? what about all the unwanted babies?”
stop. let me enlighten you.
women have a choice, yes. we know the ramifications that sex can have, and yet our society actively engages in this activity, making it seem as normal as shaking hands with someone, through our movies/ads/social media/ and so on. we all know the consequences that sex can have, and a pregnancy is the largest one. regardless of religious beliefs, we all claim that life is important/sacred/equal, or most people that believe in abortion will claim that. you say that the woman’s life is important and the child will have a horrible life/ the mother shouldn’t have to birth a child from a man she was raped by/ and on and on. the problem with all of that is you fail to consider the life that is already conceived. when we live in a society that throws people in jail for participating in dog/cock fights, and yet we allow pregnant woman to murder their future child, what kind of morals are we living?
it is true that rape is a horrible crime, that is not talked about or dealt with nearly as much as it should be, and is a major issue in our society today. but once again, that brings home the point that our society is sex obsessed and has an obsessive desire for control. we need to deal with the core issue behind rape, not punish the life that was created from it.
when talking about young women who participated in unprotected sex and it is “inconvenient” for them to have a child, i have no sympathy. you knew the consequences, and you made a choice. your choice to have a child ends when you choose to have sex. if you choose to risk that, you are actively making a decision, and you should live with those consequences. punishing a life that has no voice is not your decision.
many people want to argue the timeframe of “when is a child really a child?”, and that is beyond me, as someone who has studied anatomy, biology, and many other sciences. but if you do not accept that a heartbeat is considered a living child, developing every day, you need to read a little and learn about the science behind the human body.
I could continue to chip away at the “arguments” that some of my friends continue to make, but it is no use. you choose to see the world in the way that you want to, and I hope that some of them will change their minds. we live in a society that is “me” oriented, which is not good when translated to situations like this.
the mentality of “if you don’t want it, don’t do it” makes sense to these individuals, who argue that you should not worry about something that does not effect you. the issue? they are dead wrong in their argument. abortion being legal affects the society as a whole. from a taxes and government standpoint, all organizations, including ones that do not support abortion or planned parenthood, are forced to pay into various insurances and taxes that support these organizations. individuals also pay various insurances and taxes that support these services, even though they do not agree. beyond paying for something you do not support, abortion being legal allows society to chip away at their morals, because it is seen as “normal”, and sex becomes less important and as causal as shaking hands. we also lose the opportunity to see what these children could have become. we may already have had the cure to cancer, world peace, a solution to the hunger problem, and various other world issues.
the point is, i understand why, on the surface, these broad statements make sense, but when you take a moment to truly think about what you are saying, it makes no sense at all. call a pregnancy what you will, but you cannot deny that a heartbeat means life, and when you are destroying a human heartbeat, you are committing murder. this does not mean that women who have had an abortion are monsters, i just simply believe that legally, this should not be allowed, and that this legislation is a step in the right direction.
i hope that this legislation moves forward and becomes enacted, and that society finds its true values once more.
Nikki S. Lee, The Ohio Project (7), 1999 Nikki S. Lee, The Hispanic Project (25), 1998 Nikki S. Lee, The Yuppie Project (14), 1998 Nikki S. Lee, The Hispanic Project (20), 1998 Nikki S. Lee, The Seniors Project (12), 1999 Nikki S. Lee, The Schoolgirls Project, 2000
Lee’s most noted work, Projects (1997–2001), begun while still
in school, depicts her in snapshot photographs, in which she poses with
various ethnic and social groups, including drag queens, punks, swing
dancers, senior citizens, Latinos, hip-hop musicians and fans,
skateboarders, lesbians, young urban professionals, and Korean
She immerses herself into each American sub-cultures and
creates an identity that is an extension of herself. With a simple
point-and-shoot camera, she asks the selected group or passerby to
Lee conceives of her work as less about creating beautiful pictures,
and more about investigating notions of identity and the uses of
vernacular photography. Lee has stated that the project was one of her graduation requirements.(wikipedia)
Jordan AndersonorJourdon Anderson (1825 – 1907) was an African-American former slave noted for a letter he dictated, known as “Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master”
It was addressed to his former master, Colonel P. H.
Anderson, in response to the Colonel’s request that Jordan return to the
to help restore the farm after the disarray of the war. It has been
described as a rare example of documented “slave humor” of the period
and its deadpan style has been compared to the satire of Mark Twain.
Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865
To my Old Master, Colonel P.H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee
Sir: I got your letter
and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdan, and that you
wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better
for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I
thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this for harboring
Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your
going to Col. Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his
company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left
you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are
still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again
and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee.
Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the
better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when
I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told
me Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.
I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to
give me. I am doing tolerably well here; I get $25 a month, with
victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy (the folks here
call her Mrs. Anderson), and the children, Milly Jane and Grundy, go to
school and are learning well; the teacher says Grundy has a head for a
preacher. They go to Sunday-School, and Mandy and me attend church
regularly. We are kindly treated; sometimes we overhear others saying,
“Them colored people were slaves” down in Tennessee. The children feel
hurt when they hear such remarks, but I tell them it was no disgrace in
Tennessee to belong to Col. Anderson. Many darkies would have been
proud, as I used to was, to call you master. Now, if you will write and
say what wages you will give me, I will be better able to decide whether
it would be to my advantage to move back again.
As to my freedom, which you say I can have, there is nothing to be
gained on that score, as I got my free papers in 1864 from the Provost-
Marshal- General of the Department of Nashville. Mandy says she would be
afraid to go back without some proof that you are sincerely disposed to
treat us justly and kindly; and we have concluded to test your
sincerity by asking you to send us our wages for the time we served you.
This will make us forget and forgive old scores, and rely on your
justice and friendship in the future. I served you faithfully for
thirty-two years and Mandy twenty years. At $25 a month for me, and $2 a
week for Mandy, our earnings would amount to $11,680. Add to this the
interest for the time our wages has been kept back and deduct what you
paid for our clothing and three doctor’s visits to me, and pulling a
tooth for Mandy, and the balance will show what we are in justice
entitled to. Please send the money by Adams Express, in care of V.
Winters, esq., Dayton, Ohio. If you fail to pay us for faithful labors
in the past we can have little faith in your promises in the future. We
trust the good Maker has opened your eyes to the wrongs which you and
your fathers have done to me and my fathers, in making us toil for you
for generations without recompense. Here I draw my wages every Saturday
night, but in Tennessee there was never any pay-day for the Negroes any
more than for the horses and cows. Surely there will be a day of
reckoning for those who defraud the laborer of his hire.
In answering this letter please state if there would be any safety
for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up and both good-looking girls.
You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather
stay here and starve, and die if it comes to that, than have my girls
brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters.
You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the
colored children in your neighborhood, the great desire of my life now
is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.
P.S.—Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.