psa you can be a feminist AND be pro-life i been on this grind for 20 years and i’m here to tell you that it is v doable
I know there are pro lifers who identify as feminist.
But like….how do you support denying pregnant people, the majority…
the thing that you are missing here is that i never said anything about denying women bodily autonomy. i said i’m pro-life, which means i believe that life begins at conception and in following aborting an unborn baby is the equivalent of taking a life. which obviously i believe is wrong.
at no point did i say that i condone the current pro-life movement, because i think usually it goes about addressing the conflict wrongly (like basing all its arguments religiously when not everyone is religious) and generally attacks pro-choicers which is the wrong way to go about effecting change. i never even said i want to deny women access to a safe abortion. i recognize that not everyone believes the same as me, and while that makes me sad, i know that it isn’t right to dictate what decisions a woman can make concerning her body. also, women are going to find ways to abort whether or not abortion is legal so i think it’s better if it’s at least safe.
i am pro-life, but i understand that my beliefs can only apply to my life and my body. my goal here isn’t to oppress women and it DEFINITELY isn’t to support a patriarchal system. for me this is 100% about supporting what i truly believe is a live human being. i want to protect women who are pregnant, especially those who do not want to be, but I also want to speak out for their unborn children. both have a right to safety and happiness. personally i think the best solution to this is to provide a variety of viable options to pregnant women in non ideal situations that would encourage them to carry to term, such as free health care or counseling or supplies or other government compensation. whatever they need.
i also think that current sex education sucks and that kids need to be better informed about birth control options. i know that preparedness can’t prevent all unwanted pregnancies but it’s definitely a start.
in conclusion i am not responsible for the misogyny and anti-feminism reflected in the pro-life movement because i do not agree with it, and i think that assuming that i would be that way because i’m pro-life is a little like when people assume feminists are all misandrists; it’s a quick judgement based on the most extreme members of the group. i have utmost love and respect for all women regardless of their stance on this issue, and i will never judge any woman based on whether or not she carries to term. i know i barely scratched the surface here so i’m open to any other comments or concerns, but i’m not going to answer anything hateful.
thanks living-for-fiction and @fandomsandfeminism (i can’t tag you for some reason) for opening this for friendly discussion
What you have described is a pro-choice position. The label pro-choice doesn’t mean you like abortion (though one may), it means you want abortion to be legal so people can make that decision for themselves.
Along with legal, accessible, and safe abortion, support and resources for people who choose to continue pregnancies as well as education and resources to prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place are vital to the pro-choice position.