What does “Trust Women” mean to you?

This blog is part of the “NARAL Pro-Choice America’s 5th annual Blog for Choice Day 2010,” which you can read about here. The question posed this year: “What does Trust Women mean to you?
On January twenty-second, 1973 Justice Harry Blackmun delivered the opinion of the Supreme Court regarding the Roe vs. Wade case. A pregnant single woman, “Jane Roe,” brought a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas criminal abortion laws, which proscribed procuring or attempting an abortion except on medical advice for the purpose of saving the mother’s life. Norma McCorvey, the real name of the
plaintiff, was young and divorced at the time, searching for a solution to her unplanned pregnancy. “No legitimate doctor in Texas would touch me,” stated McCorvey. “There I was – pregnant, unmarried, unemployed, alone and stuck” (Craig and O’Brien 5). The plaintiff’s assertion was that prohibiting abortion at any time before birth violated a woman’s constitutional right to privacy. The Supreme Court later agreed with Mrs. McCorvey, justifying the legality of abortion under the fourteenth  amendment. A person’s right to privacy now extended to choosing an abortion. Although the Court avoided the issue of when life actually begins, abortion became legal under this landmark Supreme Court decision. The debate over the legality of abortion had taken place in America for several decades, and the final decision rendered by Roe vs. Wade resonated among all Americans, influencing society to date.
I am personally “pro-choice”, I can see and understand the arguments of “pro-life” people, but I feel that they see it in a very black/white way, when in reality in things like abortion there is a LOT of grey. I do not think that you can say that abortion is always right, nor always right, but I do believe that it is a very difficult decision for any woman to make and that they should NOT be pressured either way by anyone, regardless of their beliefs. We should trust the woman with this decision, and respect it no matter what they should choose.
I have been pregnant several times, I have never had an abortion though. But the first time I was pregnant I probably should have, as it turned out I lost the child at 19 weeks mainly due to my situation and frame of mind at the time and the stupid acts that caused me to do. It would not have been fair for me to have brought a child into the world under those conditions, neither for myself nor the child.
It hurts to loose a child, weither it be naturally or through abortion, and no woman will take this decision lightly. They know what the decision entails and know that it could potentially effect them for many years. And NO ONE should make this decision even harder by stigmatising or pressuring them

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