It’s that magical time of year again, the time when we commemorate Roe vs Wade by blogging for choice. Yes, I know that Roe vs Wade was an American decision and that the Canadian history of reproductive rights followed a bit of a different trajectory, but why quibble? Pro-choice bloggers from all over the world will write today generally on the topic of pro-choice, and specifically on the question “Why do I vote pro-choice?”
I vote because, whatever my complaints, the democratic process is the best we’ve got so far and it only works as long as everyone participates. I vote because I want my government to represent me. I want to feel I’ve had my say, I’ve cast my support for the person or party I most approve of. I live in a part of Canada where it doesn’t matter at all who I vote for, because the Conservatives (Canadian Republicans) will always get in, but I still think it is important to vote against them. My vote for an alternative party tells the Conservatives that their reign is not supreme, they don’t have a total consensus. I, and many others, disagree with them, and they better be careful if they want to keep control.
Why do I vote pro-choice? I trust women to make their own decisions, and I support politicians and parties who have this same trust. Anti-choice politicians are usually using the abortion debate to inject their own religious message into their politics and I am fiercely supportive of church/state separation. Don’t you try to put your idea of god on my body. Fuck no. I don’t care what your individual opinion of abortion is, I expect you to trust women to have their own opinions, for their own reasons, and to make their own personal decisions based on these.