A pregnant perspective
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|Thu, 12-06-2007 - 1:44pm|
I'm in my 17th week of pregnancy. I'd always been pro-choice intellectually, but being pregnant has just sealed the deal for good. I cannot believe that there are people in the world who'd force women to undergo pregnancy and childbirth against their will!
Just FYI, here's what I'm going through in just the first 17 weeks:
Constant nausea - rushing to hang out in the toilet every couple of hours, even if I'm in the middle of a meeting
Breasts hurting all the time
Throwing up twice a day for 12 weeks, and occasionally thereafter
Constant heartburn - yesterday I could not control a loud burp when I was talking to my boss
Taking those blasted horse pills (prenatal vitamins) every day, plus iron supplement
Peeing every hour on the hour
Horrible sciatic pain that makes my legs shaky at completely unexpected times, I've even fallen down twice
Inability to find a comfortable sitting or sleeping position
Pimples AND dry skin at once - my body is just one giant dry flake
Yucky vaginal discharge
And it scares me even to think what I have to look forward to in the next 23 weeks - swollen ankles, gestational diabetes, chloasma, varicose veins, the DELIVERY with vaginal and perianal tears and everything else that goes with it... Not to speak of the PERMANENT effects of pregnancy, which include loss of vaginal elasticity, incontinence, stretch marks, altered body shape, sagging breasts, pouchy tummy, varicose veins, c-section scars... You know? How can anybody think going through this is a woman's "duty" just because she chose to have sex?
To all you pro-lifers out there, I present a scenario and a question:
What if there was a religious group that strongly believed that parents should be compulsorily, legally forced to do whatever it takes to keep their children alive? What if this group had as much political clout as pro-life groups?
Would you support legislation that, say, forces fathers to donate their liver to their biological child, even if they have given up this child for adoption? Livers regenerate fully within 3-6 months after you donate a part of it, after all, and recovery from the surgery takes no more than one month. Would you vote to make organ donation compulsory if it was needed to save a biological child's life?
If so, why aren't you out there campaigning for this legislation right now?? Why do no pro-life groups want THIS to become law? Why force ONLY WOMEN to give up so much of their lives, bodies and careers to give life to unwanted children?