Editor’s note: This excellent article from Clash Daily is the kind of post where it helps to put the author’s bio up top. It is written by Darci Barrett, who “is a conservative, Christian, work-from-home mother of two young children, owner of a small business and a highly opinionated writer.”
By Darci Barrett
Over St. Valentine’s Day this year, our nation’s first freestanding all-in-one Abortion Clinic and Birthing Center opened up in Buffalo, New York. This, of course, is being hailed by “reproductive rights advocates” as a huge step forward in the “birth justice and abortion access movements.” Veronica Flores at Feministing.com calls this “awesome” and “super cool” all in the same short article.
Really? Do intelligent people in this country really spend their time, energy and even resources to fight for something called “reproductive rights” without recognizing that the purpose of those reproductive organs is to REPRODUCE? Isn’t expanding abortion robbing women of the awesome experience and ability of growing and birthing another human being?
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Now, don’t get me wrong I earned my feminist card a long time ago by being born and raised in the Washington, D.C. Metro area by a non-religious, Vietnam War-protesting, Valedictorian, Pre-Med, 1st College graduate in her family, CFO of a multi-million dollar corporation, League of Women Voters member of a Mother. Despite all those accomplishments, she and I both realized that there’s more to life than having an impressive résumé and the Universe doesn’t revolve around either of us. Thus, we chose to follow Christ’s teachings in our lives, but that didn’t mean we gave up our brains. Quite the opposite actually, I feel more intellectually empowered than ever.
So let’s be real here. There is not much need to fight for the right to reproduce whenever and however we want in the modern day U.S. of A. There are no gender, race, or child quota restrictions that we are facing in this great country of Freedoms, unlike some countries past and present including China. A 2012
meta-analysis by Chinese researchers, published in the peer-reviewed journal Cancer Causes and Control, found a 44 percent increased breast cancer risk after an abortion. It also found that the risk grew significantly with subsequent abortions – a 76 percent increase after two abortions, 89 percent after three.
Is that what we want to happen to American women? Of course not.
What “reproductive rights advocates” are really fighting for is the right to control when and under what circumstances we can NOT be pregnant and give birth. But don’t we already have that? I mean with all the birth control methods readily available, even free in some places, can’t we already have sex without consequences, whenever, however we want?
Better yet, we could just exercise our self-control and abstain from reproductive activities all together if we aren’t prepared to reproduce. Radical idea, I know. Who in their right mind would want to give up their “right” to sex on demand and without apology? Certainly not most “sexually liberated” people I know.
I love sex as much as the next person, but let’s grow-up here and recognize what’s really being fought for is to get a selfish, temporary high of feel good bio-chemicals off of another person without having to worry about any pesky repercussions like a baby. That seems to me more like an addict trying to get a hit, than a woman embracing and protecting her awesome biological ability to grow and birth another human being. I should know, I’m 15 years clean and sober and mother of two amazing kids.
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