A Personal Choice – And the Right to Make This Choice

I believe abortion is a personal decision that should be available to a mother up to a certain point in time in her pregnancy. Looking at some history, abortion was practiced in the United States, mostly by midwives, prior to the Civil War. Abortion was an acceptable and legal practice up until the time of “quickening” or when the mother can detect movement of the fetus. Midwives usually peformed the abortion and it was legal. This changed after the Civil War as one result of the war was an expanded profession of doctors, mostly male, and they took over much of the work performed by midwives in the past. So, the history of abortion is not what the Court tried to lead us to believe. I am always sensitive when some try to “bend” the history to suit their purposes. This is the case with Court’s decision to reverse Roe vs. Wade.

I think something that is missing in the discussion, or seeminly ignored is that birthing and parenting are codependent. A birth requires a loving and willing parent to provide for the healthy life of a child. If the willing parent piece is not there for whatever reason and the preganancy is in an early stage, say, prior to “quickening,” then I believe the mother should have this control over her body. If she does not want to parent a soon-to-be-born child, and this decision is made within the window of acceptablity, i.e., quickening, then the mother should have this right.

If I follow the anti abortion argument, it seems that contraception is also problematic for many opposed to abortion. In all of this, we are getting into the realm of privacy and personal choice. How can liberty in some areas be so valued but not in this case? There is also the question of imposing a personal faith on others. There is a lot involved in this discussion.

My wife and I are adoptive parents. Parenting was a huge choice for us and very important. It was not the result of a moment of intimacy. We both put all our hearts into trying to become parents and we were blessed with two children through adoption. For both of us, the parenting piece is on the other side of the equation with birth. I think both are codependent upon each other.

I think, and I may be wrong, but I believe poorer women are less apt to have access to reproductive helath services and care. This is where the Court’s decision will have the greatest impact. Those with means will find a way to regulate their lives as they always have.

It is a shame this decision of the Court was foisted, yes foisted, on America. It seems to be another part of a political agenda, and not one that advances democracy or will improve all our lives. Many will disagree with me and that is fine – I expect this.

Published by Ed Pirie

I am a Vermonter, been one all my life. That just about tells you all you need to know. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. There is a lot in the world I do not understand. My writing is my attempt to wrap my head around much that is swirling around me. Some time ago gasoline pumps changed to the way they look now. I had stopped to fill my Jeep and I could not get the gas to pump to save my life. I went inside and complained to the attendant. She knew me and said, "Ed, the whole world is changing and if you don't figure out the changes you are going to fall off the earth as it spins around." Well, I am not always successful figuring out the changes, but my writing is my way of working through some of them. I hope you enjoy.

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