Abortion: Two sides — Two Stories, You Decide
I try to skirt around political and religious issues, no one wins those arguments. As a transgender woman, I am thankful I will never have to go through the decision process of whether or not to have an abortion. But I would, at the very least, like to think I would have that option. Very early in my life, I was subjected to multiple gang rapes, something that has stayed with me my whole life. I can’t fathom how I would have reacted had I ended up pregnant with no choices other than carrying the pregnancy to term. I know all too well the haunting images and nightmares, and struggles I have gone through trying to put the past in the past. At 63 years of age, I still relive those horrific events in my dreams. Had I become pregnant and gave my child up for adoption, I don’t know how I would react if my child suddenly showed up at my front door wanting to meet mother. The living, breathing embodiment of an event I spent most of my life trying to forget!
We passionately called for an end to abortions, but many of those same people demand to have children sent to prison. In effect, sending a child to prison is condemning that child to a slow death in America’s prison systems. As I walk the prison yard talking to other prisoners, somehow the conversation always turns to reminiscing of a childhood spent in foster care and juvenile detention centers. Living on the streets, hustling for drug money, food, or an actual bed out of the weather. One has to wonder what options their mothers had.
Congressmen/women accept millions of dollars in campaign contributions from gun lobbyist who fight against any perceived challenges to the second amendment. They see no issues with high-power guns with high-capacity magazines. These weapons that fire many rounds in rapid succession are designed for one purpose, killing humans quickly and in large numbers. AK-47 assault rifles are found in the hand of gang members and drug dealers every day. Are they going deer hunting?
We want smaller government, less intrusion. We fight to overturn rulings that make it a constitutional right for women to have control over their own bodies, saving innocent lives, yet we do not fight for gun control and sit back while someone shoots up a party or school filled with innocent children.
I think scientists should come up with a way to temporarily keep all men sterile until they can show:
1- They and the person they are in a relationship with want to have children. 2- They have a stable home, finances and insurance to be able to give a child a stable home.
3- They are willing to have implanted a GPS tracking device for quick location should they abandon the spouse and child and are unwilling to pay child support. Only then should the procedure be reversed, but only until impregnation occurs, then they are to be re-sterilized.
We are told it is absolutely fair game to dictate what a woman can or cannot do with their body. But I wonder how the conversation would go if the discussion became about what men can, or cannot do with their bodies? Men would rise up as though war had been declared on their manhood, ending in a near-apocalyptic state!
You may now wish to ask if I am personally for or against abortions and my answer would simply be The government is elected to collect taxes and protect our democracy. They are to pass a budget for the protection and betterment of those within our borders. The government has no right to infringe on who I choose to marry, sleep with, or in any way dictate matters of my personal self.