Monday, January 22, 2007

Blog for Choice...

Today, if you didn't know it, is national Blog for Choice day, and I have every intention of participating.

What do they mean exactly by "choice"? We all make decisions every day, some spur of the moment, some thought about long and hard, but they are all choices. The fact of the matter is that abortions belong in the second category, decisions that women do not like to make, but they do for their own good. They should have every right to make this decision if they believe it is right for them at that time. The Declaration of Independence says everyone has the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Anyone who denies a woman the right to make this precious decision is denying her the right to pursue her own happiness. You cannot promise these rights to a thing that might or might not die before it even has the right to exercise these basic human rights, over the rights of someone who can and has exercised these rights. Everyone, or at least most people would argue that an adult has more legal rights than a child does, so even if you do consider a fetus a child, you have to concede that the adult has more right to make a legal decision for themselves. If that includes carrying a child to full term, whether to keep it or put it up for adoption, so be it. If it includes abortion, so be it.

On a different subject, and one I've been pondering about, why do some pharmacists refuse to dispense emergency contraception and sometimes birth control to women, while no self-respecting pharmacist would think about refusing to fill a prescription for Viagra to a man? Is it sexism? The most blatant kind. No, we're not going to deny a man the right to have an erection and possibly impregnate a woman, but we are going to deny a woman the right not to get pregnant in the first place. Pharmacists, it is your job to dispense medicine to men and women equally, and not to judge them. The only time you have a right to judge people is when you are serving your country as a member of a jury in a court of law. Period.

As for the rest of the day, I don't have class until three this afternoon, so I'm just going to chill.

Tata for now.

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