As NARAL’s website announced recently:
On January 21, 2011 – the Friday before the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade – we invite pro-choice bloggers and activists to join us for Blog for Choice Day!
Blog for Choice Day is in its sixth year – I know, it’s growing up so fast. Today, we’re able to get even more people writing about choice through Facebook and Twitter. But what hasn’t changed is that Blog for Choice Day still gets more people reading and talking about reproductive rights online on one of the most important days surrounding a woman’s right to choose: the Roe anniversary.
And Blog for Choice Day couldn’t have come at a better time. We truly need people talking about choice now that anti-choice John Boehner is speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Joe Pitts is in charge of a panel that oversees many women’s health programs, and the freshmen class in the House has 79 anti-choice members.
At the state level, as a result of the 2010 elections, the number of anti-choice governors increased from 21 to 29. Plus, 15 states not only have an anti-choice governor, but anti-choice politicians also control the legislature.
That’s why our Blog for Choice Day 2011 question is: Given the anti-choice gains in the states and Congress, are you concerned about choice in 2011?
To contrast the whole rhetoric of “Blog for Choice Day,” Jill Stanek and other pro-life bloggers have joined together to “Ask them what they mean by choice.” I am happy to be joining my fellow pro-life bloggers to unmask this ambiguous concept of “blogging for choice.”
Like many other pro-life bloggers, frankly, I find the timing of NARAL’s Blog for Choice Day particularly revolting. As pro-lifers across the U.S. and the world are preparing to come together to peacefully and prayerfully acknowledge the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision and how it has forever changed American society, it would appear that NARAL, despite all of the personal and research evidence that points to the contrary, is attempting to once again veil the truth of abortion under the guise of ‘choice.’
I plan to lift the veil off the rhetoric of choice this coming Monday, January 24th, when I speak at the Teen Defenders International Youth March, but to put it briefly, I have yet to find someone who can explain to me how it is that as a female child who was subjected to a failed abortion attempt, I am somehow supposed to be provided a better life, provided ‘choice’ by Roe v. Wade, when it was abortion that would have and should have taken my life before I could EVER make a single choice in my life. NARAL, what DO you mean when you say CHOICE? You see, in my case, and the case of the tens of thousands of other aborted baby girls like me, you can’t have it both ways. That CHOICE that you state improves women’s lives is actually OUR DEATH SENTENCE.
Let’s lift the veil off the rhetoric of ‘choice’ and call abortion what it really is. As pro-lifers, we’re brave enough to call it what it is and courageously face the gruesome reality of what it truly looks like (which, as the survivor of a failed abortion attempt is not an easy thing for me to face many days), so how about stepping up, NARAL, and doing the same? Choice = my death and the death of over 50 million children over the last 38 years. As a child who survived a failed abortion attempt, where was MY CHOICE?