Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Honestly? I don't make a lot of waves. Sure, I'm a feisty and opinionated lady. No doubt about it; just ask my husband or family. But, that being said, I don't often speak up loudly and clearly about too many controversial or political issues. I'm pretty comfortable just living in my own world with my own ideas and beliefs.
There are a couple of exceptions. One, of course, is my determination to speak up about prematurity awareness. That is evident throughout this entire blog. It is a mission and a labor of love for me and I don't see myself ever tiring of it. I know how little I really knew about it and I know how little support I could find for parents of the very earliest preemies. It's critical to me to get more information out there.
The other cause I'm not afraid to voice my opinion about is abortion or, rather, my opposition to it. I've been very clear on that stance here before. I shared some of my concerns on Inauguration Day. I went on to go into more detail about the Freedom of Choice Act and what it could mean a few days later.
Trying to change the minds of all the pro-choice Americans around me doesn't work for me. That would be a daunting task and, I firmly believe, a futile effort. While I truly believe in my heart of hearts that abortion is murder, simply carrying a placard that reads those words is not how I choose to convey my message.
Instead, I just want to educate. I want people to truly KNOW what a second trimester fetus looks like so they don't have some misguided notion that we're talking about a blob of cells. I want people to realize what exactly is involved in a partial-birth abortion... because the name sounds pretty innocuous compared to the reality of the procedure. I want mothers and fathers to realize that there are millions of people who support taking away your right to know about your minor daughter's decision to abort. And I want to help dispel the idea that abortion is "good" for women-- that it is freeing, empowering, and essential to our equality. Making men be accountable for their role in creating life is how we establish equality... not by killing the one and only innocent party involved.
Speaking up for those who can't yet speak for themselves... that Works for Me.
For more Works For Me Wednesday, visit Rocks in My Dryer.