I've been asked twice here for Mike Arcuri's stand on abortion.
However, this is my soapbox. But before I try to explain my stand on abortion, I'll say this. Distilled down to my fundamentals, I am a woman who is pro-choice and I am supporting Mike Arcuri in his bid to be our Representative.
But, my job is neither to make nor enforce law. By day, I'm a counselor, but I've also mentored, been a big-sister-by-choice, friend, daughter and female through it all. We've become a society of cheap, fast and easy, but life doesn't always allow such a simplistic way of problem-solving. It often feels like some people on both sides want a easy, black-and-white approach to what has to be one of the most complex situations a human faces in life. Both sides seem to want "I'm right and you're wrong" to cover everything.
I don't have children and I'm not going to say that I know what it's like.
But I do believe, even in circumstances where both parents feel ready and prepared for a baby, there are times of uncertainly and fear. For parents who don't feel ready, those times must be so much more frequent. For a mother alone, even more so. Add to issues of preparedness any worries about health, etc and there are no black-and-whites anymore but only a vast array of gray.
Abortion isn't a problem... it's a procedure. And long before it was a sterile, regulated medical act, it was back-alley, and probably herbal before that. I would love to see the day it's no longer needed, but that day can never come.
It's one thing for a woman to choose to put her own life in danger to try to have a child. How scary is someone who would force a woman to do so?
And there is only one word that describes someone who would force a rape victim to have the rapist's baby and thereby create a permanent and active link between the victim and her attacker for the remainder of their lives. Evil.
I wish there was as much talk and passion about prenatal care, postnatal care, education, child wellness, family stability, good parenting skills, safe environments, health, medical care, fair opportunities and all the other things that children are born into as there is about abortion.