Thursday, November 15, 2007

Say Hi to Sweden!

However doubtful I find it to be, if the U.S. Supreme Court justices ever really do lose their minds entirely and opt to overturn Roe v. Wade, rest-assured it seems that we will be welcome with open arms in Sweden.

Naturally, I find it very disheartening that other developed countries do seem much more open to women's rights than we do.

They even provide services to foreign women, which is actually sort of ironic as well, considering how poorly foreigners have been treated in our own country, especially in the last few years.

Oh, Sweden! It seems you could teach us a few things.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

George Carlin and His Pro-Choice Spin

George Carlin is probably one of the most controversial and successful comedians in America. He is an unapologetic, outspoken leftist, and just for that he has a great deal of my respect. He's also funny as hell to boot.

In this clip, he expresses his beef with the Pro-Life movement and the many hyper-conservative Christians who are behind it. While some may find much of his humor offensive and lacking any political correctness, I believe the points he makes, despite the fact that they are in the form of jokes, are worth noting. He raises a lot of good points.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pro-Choice is Not Pro-Abortion

It's clear that in this blog, I've taken an interest in former Mayor of New York, Rudy Guiliani and his run for the Republican presidential primaries. This is mainly because he is the only Republican who has described himself as "Pro-choice."

Unfortunately taking such a stance has limited his chance to gain voters in more conservative and fundamentalist Christian communities. However, if he were to win the primaries and run for office, some of his more socially "liberal" views would be appealing across partisan lines.

What I find disconcerting, though, is that Guiliani seems to almost negate this stance at times. While he doesn't do this blatantly, he beats around the bush,

as if he's saying he's not quite "Pro-Choice", he just happens to believe that a woman has a right to choose an abortion and that he really does want to limit them.

Wait a minute. Isn't this what Pro-Choicers have said all along?

There tends to be this annoying yet pervasive myth that just because one is Pro-Choice, it automatically makes them Pro-Abortion as well. This just isn't true.

Especially in this blog. I, along with most Pro-Choice people would love to live in a world with fewer or no abortions. This is why many Pro-Choice organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, are exactly the same ones that push the use of contraception. It is safe to say that the vast majority of us believe that abortion is a last resort and that other options, such as adoption, should be considered.

I also believe that it would be ideal if there was no abortion at all, but that tends to go alongside with believing that people should wait to have sex till marriage. It doesn't usually happen.

And as long as people screw around, even if they are using contraceptives, there will always be that slight chance. And when it happens, a woman should have the right to decide what to do by her own terms. It's no one else's business, especially not the government.

In effect, Guiliani and I do have something in common: we both believe in a woman's right to choose her own destiny and, by definition, are "Pro-Choice."

So, Guiliani, for the sake of your campaign, just be honest and admit your position openly. Quit confusing the public, and quit trying to kiss conservative ass.