Blog For Choice 2008

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Yesterday, Anonymous Hottie pointed out to me that it is “Blog For Choice” day today, marking the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, so I thought I would relay a discussion that I had  a couple of days ago, whilst also giving a shout-out to a few web-sites.

We were discussing a new movie that gets its official ‘limited release’ in the U.S. tomorrow, but has hit many film festivals here, and has had its general release around Europe already. The movie is called “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”, a Romanian film directed by Cristian Mungiu, and it surrounds a girl’s struggle to get an abortion in the 1980’s, a time when all abortion was illegal in communist Romania, and it also depicts the struggles and consequences of her friend’s attempts to help her. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this movie has gone on to receive the highest critical acclaim, and I would certainly recommend watching it should you be lucky enough for the film to hit your city.

We were discussing the horrors that women who wanted or needed an abortion had to go through during such times, which of course leads to the saddening fact that women are still facing such horrors today. This then got me thinking – these women were/are so desperate to get an abortion, often for a variety of reasons, but all reasons that boil down to the fact that it is their choice that they do not want to bring a child into the world; but they are so adamant that they want this abortion that they will attempt measures that they know will bring about the risk of imprisonment or even death. It made me wonder, how many women would go through such lengths to actually have a baby. If a woman who wanted to have a baby had to go through the risk of being ostracized by her community and society, had to go through waiting periods, fill out documentation, had to pass through armies of protesters, let alone face a risk of imprisonment or death, how many women would actually want to have a baby? Have we made having a baby too easy? Should we make it more difficult?

Of course, these are stupid question, because it’s a woman’s right to have a baby, it’s her choice. Yes it is, but equally as much as it’s her right and choice not to.

Visit some websites, learn something, take the time to think about these issues today:

Planned Parenthood: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

NARAL: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/index.html

And of course, our very own resident Anonymous Hottie’s blog.

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~ by eddie on January 22, 2008.

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