If men could bear children, dystopias like Gilead (or Texas) wouldn’t happen

Don’t read if you don’t want to listen to me rant about pro-choice stuff.

First, as far as I know, men cannot get pregnant, transgender or not. And I am pro-trans because I don’t believe that every person is born with a clearly defined sex or gender. I am probably mixing up these words despite taking quite a few women’s studies classes in college and reading a lot of books. Music was my main focus in college and computer stuff has been my main focus in my adult careers. So there’s a lot I don’t know but I do care about people who are not born comfortable in their assigned sex. I *was* but not everyone *is*.

I do not understand why ANYONE thinks it is okay to force a woman (Texas) to try to bear a fetus with a non-viable chromosomal abnormality to term. This woman already has two healthy children and wanted this child (and wants more). But this pregnancy has put her in the emergency room multiple times. What is the point? Why can’t she choose to abort this fetus as the best decision for her and her family? And yes I know she was able to obtain an abortion. She was lucky enough to be able to afford to travel out of state to obtain one. Not everyone can do that.

A lot of people seem to be ecstatic that the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Oh yahoo! States rights! Yabadabadoo! States rights might be an important issue but the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade had NOTHING to do with states rights. It was an outright grab to keep women from making their own decisions.

And what about the fathers’ rights? What about them indeed? The Texas woman seems to be happily married to a supportive man and he seems to have supported her choice. They already have two healthy children together. But what about women (and GIRLS) who become pregnant by rape or incest or a shaky relationship or a one-night stand? In those situations, it is the WOMAN who ends up shouldering the burden of birthing and raising the child. Some women have loving family support. Many others do not. The men in these situations are mostly not held accountable.

I think I’m at the end of my tether tonight. If you read my rant, thank you. Cheers to all mothers, including those who have CHOSEN to birth and raise children under less than ideal circumstances. But also to those who choose abortion because they are carrying a non-viable fetus or know that they are not ready to raise a child.

I wish our country would show more compassion to those who are facing these often excruciatingly difficult situations.

2 Responses to “If men could bear children, dystopias like Gilead (or Texas) wouldn’t happen”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I agree 100%. I’m appalled and shaken at how awful this situation has become. And terrified!

  2. Pam J. Says:

    Also agree 100%. Scary times in our country. In the world actually. As I say often, humans have reached their sell-by date. I’m glad I’m old but what kind of world will my granddaughter live in?