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It’s all about how you see it. If you want to hate your pregnancy, you’re going to and it’s going to be hell for you. If you’re going to love a pregnancy, it’s so easy to embrace it.
A reaction to something lies completely in you, it’s no one else’s fault if you tear yourself up over something that was created to be a gift. The most wonderful gift you could ever be given.
God bless this girl and her baby!
Beautiful. I always have trouble fathoming how in a world with so much technology we still allow people to be so ignorant. Not only are abortion facilities like Planned Parenthood anti women but they NEVER have the woman’s best interest in mind. Children are gifts from God and we need to be thankful for them! YAY FOR KIDS!
Okay, I’m going to have to stop you right there. Things like this make me really upset, and here’s why.
Note that I am in no way criticizing the girl in the picture. I am so happy that becoming pregnant has been such a positive event for her, and I truly hope that she and her child have a wonderful life.
However, just because this one particular person has decided that they want to bring the pregnancy to term and to raise their child, does not mean that every other person who becomes pregnant will or should feel this way.There are SO MANY FACTORS that keep people from ‘easily embracing’ their pregnancy, and SO MANY REASONS why they would feel the need to terminate said pregnancy. Very often, it is not an issue of ‘attitude’ that makes a pregnant person seek an abortion: they may not be financially, emotionally, or physically capable of having a child. This girl’s ‘best interest’ may have been carrying the pregnancy to term…but sometimes, it is in a pregnant person’s best interest to get an abortion. This is not an act of ignorance. This is an act of choosing what is, hopefully, the right course of action for them.
Speaking of choice: this girl CHOSE to remain pregnant. She CHOSE to view it as a ‘gift’. Many people CHOOSE not to, and that is perfectly okay as well.
And to address the commentary about children being ‘gifts from God’. Far too often, there has been an equation of ‘pro-choice’ with ‘anti-child’. This is simply not the case. I am pro-choice, and proudly so. I’m also in school to become a teacher. I’ve been volunteering with kids for almost three years now, and I adore them. And it is because I love kids that I am pro-choice. I want all the kids I teach to have a loving, capable family that wanted them. I do not want them to be the by-product of a forced pregnancy. I would be fucking ecstatic if we lived in a world where all children were viewed as ‘gifts’ and were ‘thankful’ for them. But we don’t. Not everyone is capable of or wants to be a parent: being able to physically create a child does not = capacity for parenthood. (And before we get into it, adoption is an alternative to parenthood, not to pregnancy).
I want any of the 13 year old girls I work with to know that if they get pregnant, they have the option to an abortion. It is BECAUSE I love kids that I triumph access to safe and legal abortion, because I could not bear to see any of them dead or mutilated from back alley or self-inflicted procedures. I want all my students to know that they have rights over their own bodies, their own fates, and will never be forced to carry a pregnancy to term if they do not want to. I want my students to grow into fantastic and capable people in a society that respects their rights more than the rights of an unborn embryo or fetus.
You can be sure as hell that when I become a teacher, I will remind my students everyday that they matter. You can be sure as hell that, if and when I choose to have kids, I will be ready for them and treat them like gifts, and be thankful every single day for them. And you can be sure as hell that I will never, ever, stop advocating for access to safe and legal abortion.