Sunday, January 21, 2007

Freedom to Choose


Blog for Choice Day - January 22, 2007



This is an important issue for me. If it were not for choice, I may not be here now, and I certainly wouldn't be the person that I am today. In April of 1991, I was raped. It was an awful time in my life, made worse by the fact that I thought I had somehow deserved it, or brought it upon myself. I was 20 years old.

My world was shattered. I was very naive, very innocent for all of my bluster. I grew up in an insular little community, and while I was aware that rape happened, it seemed to happen far away. The kind of thing never touched my golden, carefree life. The worst I had to worry about at that time was bringing up my flagging Poly Sci grade, and to grumble that my jerky boss had put me on the late shift at the movie theater. I was active in community theater, and was excited because I had just scored a coveted role. My life was work, college, and my dearly-loved theater productions.

My world not only shattered, it melted away with lightning-fast speed. Suddenly, not only was I someone who'd been torn asunder physically, but the horror was compounded by the fact that I was now pregnant by the rapist.

Up until this point, I was sure, in my holier-than-thou fashion, that abortion was the refuge of the lower-class desperate. That people who were ignorant chose that avenue instead of the morally upright choice of having the baby, or even having the baby and placing it for adoption. It's funny how my attitude changed when I realized that I was pregnant. It was the worst sort of hell for me. I had always dreamed of the day that I would have children -- I'd imagined my life surrounded by them. And here I was, pregnant with one I did not want, and one that was left with me after a night of rape.

I had an abortion. If that choice had not been available to me, I feel quite sure that I would not be here today.

While abortion was something that I never would have thought I would ever do, I'm glad that it was an option. To the lawmakers who are pushing for a reversal of Roe v Wade: do NOT reverse this decision. It may not be a choice that you would ever make for yourselves, but it is a choice that needs to remain just that -- a CHOICE. I know that I'm not the only woman out there with a similar story. Please do not take that option away from us. Imagine if it were your mother, your sister, your wife. Let the highfalutin' attitude fall by the wayside, and consider whether YOU would want to be forced to bear an unwanted child, maybe at the risk of your own health. To reverse Roe v Wade would be akin to being violated again.


16 comments:

Sue said...

(((KLee)))

Thank you for this brave and important reminder of how vital it is for women to have the right to choose.

Phantom Scribbler said...

A brave post. Thank you.

DJ Andi said...

Wow. Sorry you had this experience, but this experience has made you stronger. I have been fortunate to not have to make a decision like this, but I think it is important that women have this right. Unlike your situation though, I wish people would be more responsible and not resort to abortion.

Kudos to you for having the courage to tell your story. I think it is important for people to be informed and enlightened.

ccw said...

((KLee))

KLee said...

Sue, PS, and CCW: thank you for your unflagging support, as always.

DJ Andi: Welcome, and thank you for commenting. Don't confuse my opinion on pro-choice with my feelings about abortion. I don't think abortion is right. I think that a lot of women use it as way too casual a method of birth control, and that the taking of a life is not right nor just. That having been said, I also don't want the government, made up usually of power-hungry white men, determining my contraceptive rights.

My situation would differ from most seeking an abortion, but whose right is it, really, to step in and determine what is right for another person? Especially when it is such a life-altering decision? Were Roe v Wade to be overturned, all this debate might be pointless. The decision would be removed from me. Should the government sterilize the handicapped? Should they have the choice? I think not.

I appreciate you stopping by. Please come back -- all are welcome here, even those with differing and sometimes opposing viewpoints.

jo(e) said...

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DJ Andi said...

That's exactly how I feel.

Miche said...

Oh, Klee. *hugs*

What courage you must have had to summon-up to face that decision, let alone make it. And then to remember it again and write about it.

Wishing you continued strength to carry this burden and continued success at not letting it rob you of the joy and happiness you deserve.

Jenevieve said...

You're so brave. And cool. I'm glad you are my bloggy friend.

Yankee, Transferred said...

Good grief, KLee, how did I not see this until now.
I'm sending all my love to you. Thanks so much for posting this.
You are so awesome-if I were you I would be a wreck, permanently.

liz said...

You are a hero. Big hugs.

Karyn said...

I am impressed by you all over again.

Survivors have untold strength.

Rock on, girl. Rock. On.

Marni said...

You are so brave. I'm so proud of you for sharing your story. Thank you!

Rev Dr Mom said...

Reading this late, but thanks for your brave witness...and hugs.

Bridget said...

Wow, big hugs and lots of love to a courageous woman.

kathy a. said...

((( klee ))) also reading this late. what a horrible thing. thank you for having the courage to write about it.