This is my personal blog, used for writing and and fleshing out my thoughts, keeping in touch with friends and family, and building a community of on-line understanding friends.
I've had to restrict Anonymous comments, since unfortunately this blog has gotten some trolls who feel most comfortable spewing hate anonymously. I apologize to all of the non-trolls who don't have Blogger accounts and are inconvenienced by this, but I had to make the change.
I am understanding when well-intentioned people write something potentially offensive through ignorance. Posts and posters that are blatantly disrespectful of people with disabilities, feminists, women, liberals, religious groups, etc. will not be tolerated.
I really hate having to write this; most of it is common sense and it should offend most reasonable people because it assumes that readers can't comment politely and maturely. But, unfortunately, not everyone does understand this concept.
My most common trolls are anti-abortion activists. I don't have the time or inclination to debate the same topics over and over again with each new troll who stops by and wants to take a swing at telling me how wrong I am. Instead, I'm compiling some responses and links here.
Visitors who just stop by in order to "debate" abortion-related issues should check out this post first, and realize that my decision not to go 'round and 'round the same old mulberry bush with each anti-abortion activist does not mean that I don't have answers to your questions and challenges. It means that I've already addressed your points here or elsewhere, or someone else has already done so much more eloquently than I have and I do not choose to repeat myself or them.
- I consider myself to be pro-life.
- I am also pro-choice.
- Experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood (all of which I have loved) has made me a stronger advocate for choice.
- I am Christian.
- I do not believe that legislating my values onto society is the best way to encourage people to make moral choices.
- I do not believe that a zygote, morula, blastocyst, embryo, or early second trimester fetus is fully human with the same rights and responsibilities of humans. Until a baby can exist - with or without medical assistance - outside of a woman's womb, the baby is not a baby. The potential child is a zygote, morula, blastocyst, embryo, or fetus.
- When I was about 16 weeks pregnant with a very much wanted and planned first child, I felt my baby move for the first time. When I was about 20 weeks pregnant, I learned that she would have several serious health and developmental concerns. My fetus was my baby and my husband and I made the right decision for our family - including our daughter - by deciding to continue the pregnancy. My husband is a wonderful, supportive man, and he wanted this baby very much. But ultimately, it was my body and my decision. Because of the nature of our partnership, we made the decision together. I do not believe that my decision or decision process would be the right decision for every woman, every family, every situation.
- I believe that a discussion about abortion is best carried out by women. In arguments for or against abortion, men often insist that any child that results from sex is equally theirs so they should have an equal say. But pregnancy is not an equal opportunity experience. There is no valid point of comparison. Pregnancy is a unique and nuanced situation.
- I believe that too many women who learn that they are pregnant choose to have abortions.
- I believe that many factors encourage women to have abortions, and this designation most definitely includes "pro-life" Republican legislators who vote to decrease programming for social programs that help women and children and families. Also, what Portia said.
- I believe that too many pregnant women who learn that the fetus they are carrying has Trisomy 21, Down syndrome, choose to have abortions.
- I believe that as the parent of a child with Trisomy 21, it is my responsibility to share my daughter's wonderful life and our incredible family experience with others, so that fewer women need to make this choice in fear and ignorance of the unknown.