Yes, it definitely has an attention grabbing headline, but it also raises several really good points:
I was looking through a Time magazine article whose infograph cited data from the Guttmacher Institute about the most common reasons women have abortions. It immediately struck me that none of the factors on the list were conditions that we tell women to consider before engaging in sexual activity. Don’t have the money to raise a child? Don’t think your boyfriend would be a good father? Don’t feel ready to be a mother? Women were never encouraged to consider these factors before they had sex; only before they had a baby.
The fundamental truth of the pro-choice movement, from which all of its tenets flow, is that sex does not have to have life-altering consequences. I suddenly saw that it was the struggle to uphold this “truth” that led to all the shady dealings, all the fear of information, all the mental gymnastics that I’d observed.
That’s a bold claim: sex does not have to have life-altering consequences. Do you agree?
Thanks to everyone’s suggestions (including some write-ins over email), I had a great time in San Francisco! Thursday night Matt and Marta surprised me with pickup from the airport and a late night Thai food run. On Friday, I hit up Blue Bottle Coffee and got some personal stuff taken care of. Then rode the…
Hope depends upon taking care that we have at least two alternatives, in every situation we found ourselves, and with every task confronting us…To have only one plan, one option, in any situation, is a sure recipe for despair.
— Richard N. Bolles, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" (2013 Edition)
I’m leaving for a short trip to San Francisco tonight for — gasp — pleasure! Rachel’s will be in Bozeman for wedding planning and family time, and I’ve owed Matt a visit for a long time. I also have a handful of other friends (Audrey/Griffin, Shanan) Question is, what should I do? I get in…