Friday, January 21, 2011

Blog for Choice Day

"they keep pounding their fists on reality / hoping it will break"

Taking a little break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a special announcement. It's the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and NARAL's 6th annual Blog for Choice Day, so I thought I'd make my humble contribution:

This is one of the most honest songs about abortion I've ever heard. It's the hardest choice some woman ever have to make, but it's crucial that every woman from the most to least fortunate is given that choice. Men and women have fought hard for this right, and many have even given their lives. For every Dr. Tiller who is hounded, threatened, and killed, hundreds are scared away from taking his place. And who can blame them? What part of "pro-life" means murder? Which part means violently intimidating the poorest, least fortunate women in our society? What part of "small government" is in charge of monitoring every pregnancy to term? Can't the majority of people agree that abortions should be safe, legal, and rare? We can't let a vocal few bully us out of access to birth control and basic health services. Not in this country. I'll leave with these words from the wise Ani D:

here's a toast to all those nurses and doctors
who daily provide women with a choice
who stand down a threat the size of oklahoma city
just to listen to a young woman's voice 

 Please consider making a donation to NARAL, Emily's List, or Planned Parenthood to ensure that America's girls and women continue to have a choice.

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