Monday, September 01, 2008

either you do or you don't

"Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby, McCain aides said."

From the Reuters article. Of course this wasn't even a question, once the news leaked at least. Nobody believes for even a second that there was no coercion or at least pressure.

But I find it annoying that the pro-lifers (anti-choice is more apt) are stressing the fact that she chose to keep it. Now back the fuck up. You are trying to take away women's right to choose. Why are you congratulating yourselves on choosing then?

I know that they are implying the choice between keeping it and giving it up for adoption. Puh-leeze. It was the younger Palin's choice. Right.

Pro-choice, is precisely that. It's not gung-ho abortion, it's advocating for a woman's right to choose. And part of that means keeping abortion safe and legal. In Mexico's case, making abortion legal for starters. Except in Mexico City, where it already is. (More on that later)

It's the same thing with governor Palin's fifth child, who has Down Syndrome. And she heroically choose to keep it. If she's so pro-life, it wasn't a choice gdamnit! She doesn't accept having a choice! Also, both republicans and democrats are using this as political fodder. Is she a saint for doing it, was it wrong, etc. And I don't see the McCain camp stopping them. As in, back off, this is my child.

The Palins' "ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates." But I haven't seen this about Trig Palin, only with this new development.

Cara Kulwicki, who writes at feministe and also has a blog, had an interesting post last week about this,

It’s almost as though they think that Palin became pregnant and gave birth to a child with Down Syndrome simply to please them. And the thing is that if they really believe their rhetoric, the answer was obvious, so obvious in fact that Palin didn’t really have a “choice” to make. Only now, because it’s convenient, they want to acknowledge that the decision of whether or not to abort after getting news that your child will be born with a disability is a difficult one, simply so that they can point and say “but look at her, she searched her soul and then did the right thing — so should all women!” They don’t want women to have a choice, but then want to praise this particular woman for the choice that she did make.

full text here ==>It's not a choice, it's a child - except when it's beneficial to say it's a choice

Once again, you're either in or out. Not both ways. If there shouldn't be choice, don't congratulate yourself for "choosing right". This willingness to use a very private matter and render it public and political is disgusting and I'm expecting the shit will hit the fan if they continue like this. I hope.

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