UP Saga 5-5: Conflicting Paradigms on Pro-Life and Pro-Choice
Thing is, the more I get immersed in my Gender and Sexuality class, the more I get exposed to the shades of gray when it comes to this topic. Sometimes, it even turns out that Pro-Life people cannot call themselves Pro-Life because…well, extremists kill Pro-Choice supporters. Also, in this country, Pro-Life laws actually kill mothers-to-be. (In fact, my professor doesn’t call this group Pro-Life, she calls them Pro-Natal.)
Some arguments are really extreme on both ends that I find myself stuck in cognitive dissonance. I still cannot imagine myself deliberately killing a baby, no matter how young it is, but I also believe that women should be given a choice as to the kind of contraceptive she can use. Options. They’re very important because the choices “Pro-Life” credos provide us are severely limited.
So I’m starting with the basics: The RH Bill. I cannot even begin to discuss Manila Mayor Atienza’s Executive Order 003, Series of 2000 — not only because it violates international covenants, but also because find it absurd that he’d give P500-1,000 (once a year, like an award) to the biggest families as if that paltry sum would alleviate the poverty he inadvertently threw his people into.
I’m still anti-abortion (except in special cases where the mother’s life is at risk or when there are psychological issues to be covered), but I believe in the importance of empowering women, their partners (husbands or…wives?) and children by giving them information on their Reproductive Rights.
Thirty-five Years of Legal Abortion in the U.S.: The Unfinished Agenda by Marlene Gerber Fried