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Blog for Choice Day 2008

bfc_day_button_200.jpg It’s the 35th anniversary of the U.S.A. Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade, a decision which allowed the legalisation of terminations of pregnancy in the U.S.A. on what is widely viewed as essentially a technicality, which is why the case is still so important. There is no Federal legislation decriminalising abortion, merely a court decision which could be overturned either by the court itself or by new legislation. The right to abortion in the USA is a fragile thing, and that is why it is so important to vote pro-choice, especially in this Federal election year.

Women in other countries also need to ensure that they vote pro-choice to protect the right of women to control their own bodies. In many other countries around the world the situation is similar (although perhaps not so precarious): laws have been passed which allow legal abortions on technicalities (e.g. a requirement that a doctor or doctors sign a declaration that the woman would be psychologically damaged by going to a full term pregnancy, and there are many doctors who believe that any woman forced to carry an unwanted foetus to term would be psychologically damaged, therefore it is simple to get such a doctor’s signature). Are there any states, provinces or countries which have fully decriminalised abortion and allow a woman to make her own choice without having to have that choice monitored and judged by officials? There are still many jurisdictions which continue to criminalise abortion entirely.

I firmly believe that no woman should be forced to bear a child that she feels unable to want, and neither should any woman be forced to abort a child that she does want. Women are capable of making their own choices about the medical and surgical options they choose to use on their own bodies, and nobody else should constrain those choices to suit their purposes rather than the best interests of the pregnant woman.

The official Blog for Choice Day website at NARAL will have a list of all the posts from bloggers who signed up to Blog for Choice. Check them out. If you come across a really wonderful post, please let us know about it in comment below.

Mind you, they’ve limited the field a bit. If you blog under a pseudonym that is only one word, they won’t accept you because they’ve set up the registration form so it has a compulsory double name field to take first name and last name, instead of just having a single name field. And why do they need to know the street address of bloggers? So, if you have Blogged for Choice but decided not to register with NARAL because you are pseudonymous and don’t want to give them those details, please do leave a link in comments below.

Update: Many Bloggers for Choice have concentrated on pointing out that abortion is merely part of the scheme of reproductive justice, which works for “the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, economic, and social well-being of women and girls”. Jessica at the NARAL blog gives some excellent links to posts discussing the concept of holistic reproductive justice: Commemorate Roe, but work for reproductive justice

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4 comments on “Blog for Choice Day 2008

  1. unofficially, many of us blogged for choice today. and some of us are Elderbloggers–myself http://www.alittleredhen.com and my alaskan friend,
    http://mayagranny.blogspot.com/.

    there are so many reasons!

  2. I like your condom amulets, naomi!

    I also found these paragraphs from Maya’s Granny about anti-choicers to be right on the button:

    This is not a desire to protect women, it is a desire to control them.

    And it isn’t belief in the sanctity of life. People who refuse to teach teens how to avoid AIDS and other diseases don’t consider the life of those teens as sacred. People who send other people’s children to die don’t consider the lives of those children sacred. People who drop bombs on other countries don’t consider the lives of those people sacred. People who refuse to fund stem cell research, who value the “life” of an embryo which is going to be thrown away if it isn’t used over the life of someone who has already been born, don’t consider the lives of the born sacred. People who would rush to Washington to sign a bill to prevent a husband from being able to allow his brain dead wife to die in peace but don’t bother to cut a vacation short while New Orleans is drowning don’t value life.

    God alone knows what these people value, but it isn’t life. The sanctity of life doesn’t end at birth. A few cells are not more valuable than a living woman or her husband or her other children.

  3. [...] federal election last year explains why I didn’t want to do a post about voting. (I did write a brief post on Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog with a few links.) Here’s my Hoyden effort for last year’s Blog for Choice [...]

  4. Great post from Helen at Surfdom and Cast Iron Balcony on abortion rights from an Australian perspective.

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