On this Blogging for Choice Day, we are asked to tell why we are pro-choice.
For me, the answer is simple: women are people, and as such deserve to have control of their own bodies. Like Lindsay, I find this claim remarkable only in that others find it remarkable.
That’s why I’m pro-choice, and that’s why I think that the basic framework of Roe v. Wade makes sense. A fertilized egg starts out as a growth in a woman’s uterus. The decision to remove it is as morally consequential as the removal of a pre-cancerous polyp. At the end of a pregnancy, you’ve got an independently viable human being, and you have to consider the moral consequence of both independent lives.
Along the way, things are a little fuzzy. As a basic framework, the divisions into trimesters seem like a good way to reflect those trade-offs. January 22nd is an important day in our nation’s history because it established the simple concept that a person exerts some sovereignty over their own body.