January 22, 2008

Blog for Choice Day 2008

Today, on the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, pro-choice bloggers are answering the question, "Why is it important to vote pro-choice?"

The group of like-minded peers I find as a theologically conservative, socially liberal Christian is fairly small--though not non-existent. I respect my sisters and brothers who stand against legal abortion as part of an honestly comprehensive and consistent pro-life ethic (lose the "consistent," lose my respect). Although we ultimately reach different conclusions on how that ethic plays out in regard to abortion rights, we have much in common elsewhere.

But back to Roe v. Wade. This morning I read something which captured so well what the ruling represents to me: "the fundamental premise that women are human beings, as valuable under the law as men, conscious, capable and responsible for making decisions about their bodies, their reproduction and their lives." (source)

That same premise is why I believe legal access to abortion, comprehensive sex ed, family preservation programs, and ethical adoption services are all part and parcel of true reproductive choice. They each uphold a woman's dignity as an independent human being with the right to decide if and how she becomes a mother. You will have hard time convincing me to vote against that.

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