Why does pro-choice bother people so much?!
Updated: Jul 4
Published on June 22, 2021 by Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc. in ARF Blogs
"I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps there is a fear of what other doors could open if being pro-choice becomes the national standard."
People can never fathom the idea of getting an abortion themselves, but can still be pro-choice. For everyone who is pro-choice there is a common understanding that there is respect for another woman’s decision to make appropriate choices surrounding family planning; this is not a new statement. But, I’ve wondered a lot about why people are so adamantly against being pro-choice. Some argue it is against their faith and they are morally compelled to “save others” including the potential life of an unborn fetus. There’s also a great stigma surrounding people who are pro-life looking down on people who are unable to provide a satisfactory lifestyle for their children or being “unfit” parents.
I’ve come to the conclusion that perhaps there is a fear of what other doors could open if being pro-choice becomes the national standard. Allowing women to decide what to do with their bodies and when, also indirectly allows for the idea that women can be open with their sexuality and comfortable with promiscuity. This new acceptance of sexual liberty for women challenges the character traits traditional thinkers believe women are supposed to be. For them, women should be docile and modest; they are “respectable” and “responsible” that way. The gag is it takes a lot of care and self-accountability to have safe and responsible sex with people. Part 2 of the gag is, having a high sex drive does not mean you care to sleep with many people.
Every new generation always challenges the ideas of the one before it and there will always be pushback against something women do to move past the box society believes they should be in. “Well-behaved women seldom make history” by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a famous quote for a reason! This decade we are making strides for sexual freedom. Women want sex, they like it, they should take pleasure in it and owning their sexuality. There should not be an automatic association between the statement “I like sex” and not being “respectable” when over 90% of every animal species on this planet does it at some point in their adult lives. It doesn’t have to be the end of everything; it’s actually not your place to dictate how comfortable any woman should be with their sexuality. Maybe get a new hobby.
Written by: Michelle Koduah, CMO
Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc.