My friend Jen Lockett helped to inspire this story by sending me several articles–thanks Jen. Back in September I did a post on Teen Mom a reality TV show. I also quoted some statistics from that month’s Hapers that showed how teenage boys want to get young girls pregnant as a badge of honor. I was quite upset in September because the show seemed to intentionally shy away from the choice of abortion. I’m happy to report that has changed and Bravo to MTV for finally showing abortion as an option. While I will not become a follower of the show, I am proud of the young woman, Markai Durham. One of her best arguments is:
You have made me into a character for your amusement and nothing else. My motive for this episode is to not say ‘hey look at me I got pregnant again,’ ” she wrote Monday. “One thing we can all agree on is no one is pro-abortion! … No one wants to have an abortion or even go through this type of procedure. I never did it because I thought it was the right thing to do. I did it because it was the BEST thing to do for my family.
Having known several women that have had abortions, I know it was one of the most difficult decisions they had to make. We men don’t ever have to make such difficult decisions about our own bodies. It is very easy to see how you CAN BE BOTH pro-choice and pro-child. I’m often shocked and amazed at the arrogance and self-righteousness of anti-choice folks. I’m also tired of the media referring to these people as pro-lifer. Sorry, they are not. Can we use language correctly? They are anti-choice. Click here to see the full article.