I’ve got a bit of a heavy topic to start off with, and I promise not all of my future posts will be this intense 🙂
Was just driving back to my house with my mum when the topic of abortion came up as we were going past the old catholic girls’ home. Mum seemed to think that because I am a “greenie” that I would be anti-abortion (and yes, I am a member of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand).
Mum didn’t seem to understand that while I don’t agree with some of the reasons people have abortions, I am still pro-choice. Because I am a “greenie”, apparently I want to preserve all life, even if it is still in the womb, and (I believe) not technically a full-fledged life until it is actually born. It is the fact that I believe we should have a choice whether we carry a pregnancy to full term, and that if we do not want to, for whatever reason, we have the choice to terminate that pregnancy. I may not agree with you using abortion as a form of contraception (and lets face it, accidents do happen anyway, even if you are using condoms etc, they’re not fail proof), but I completely agree that you should have the choice to do so. It’s a human right to choose what we do with our bodies and we should not be forced to conform or be dictated to by the beliefs of others.
If the legal choice is taken away, all it’s going to result in is people going back to back alley/underground abortions. This creates undue risk for the mother and unfairly prosecutes the medical practitioners that are performing a service that should be legal anyway. There’s always going to be a need for abortion, that need is not going to go away, no matter what pro-lifers think.
Interestingly, as the conversation progressed, I found that Mum was probably more pro-choice than anti-abortion, even if she wasn’t really willing to admit to it. She does believe that in cases where carrying a pregnancy to full term is going to endanger the life of the mother, then the mother is perfectly entitled to get an abortion. She felt the same way about rape or if the life of the baby was going to be severely impaired after birth (due to birth defects etc). But she did say that, according to her, most fetuses would self-abort if they weren’t strong enough to survive or too much stress was placed on the mother’s body by the pregnancy. I don’t know the statistics with regards to this, if there are any, so I will reserve my skeptical judgment.
Are my pro-choice beliefs in contradiction with my political alignment? I don’t think so, considering when The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand launched in 1972 as The Values Party, they “[…] promoted reform of laws covering abortion, drugs and homosexuality”. Under Reproductive Health in their Women’s Policy it states:
Cl 26. Review abortion services to ensure equity of access for women throughout New Zealand.
This shows to me that they are clearly pro-choice and I will proudly show my feminism by continuing to be pro-choice, as I wholeheartedly agree that we must be given the chance to choose.