Thursday, September 25, 2008

One Time Blog

This is the one time on here that I am going to discuss my opinion about something that could be seen as political. I am not at a point in my life where I want a child, and I have taken steps to prevent that from happening. I am on the shot and use other forms of protection. I've had a few scares in my life and I just know now is not the time for me to be a parent.

Moving on......I find myself more concerned than ever with President Bush's ideas about contraception and a woman's right to choose. I know that I am catholic and I should be pro-life, but I know that's just not me....that's the one thing (well maybe like one of three things) that I do not agree with my church about. I don't really want to have 16 kids or have one right now, so I choose to be on birth control, if that means I'm going to hell than so be it! I have pre-marital sex and I know that by doing that I am putting myself at risk of becoming pregnant, thus the birth control. I have been reading a lot on the planned parenthood website about these new laws, some that could be passed tomorrow, preventing women from getting correct information about their choices concerning birth control and abortion. Read this opinion piece or even this one to find out more about what I am talking about, its too long to copy and paste into my blog.

It scares me, it really does that when I go to the OB/GYN in December that I could be denied access to birth control, STD's tests and many other things that affect my health as a woman. For the first time, I feel really strongly about a political issue because its going to affect me and every other woman that I know. Almost 98% of women in this country have been on birth control at some point in there life; condoms are not always the most effective method and I am sure we have all heard the stories. I feel its only right for us to have the right to choose when we want to have a child and to choose to be on an oral contraceptive, the patch, the shot or whatever it may be.

If you feel the way I do about this issue please go to the planned parenthood website and sign the petition before midnight tonight. I hope I have not offended anyone by writing this. I know that the two friends that read this are parents, but that they probably have used some form of birth control at some point in there life.....please don't think that I don't value you both as parents because I do, and I am proud of you both for being able to do that. Its just not what I want at this time in my life and I know you would both support that!


Caitlyn said...

I completely respect your opinion. In fact, I'm going to the doctor on Thursday to get a perscription for the pill. I don't think contraception is bad. My church, which is very conservative, will even agree with abortion in cases of incest, rape, and danger to the mother. I haven't heard about these laws but I'm going to check it out. I do think women have a right to birth control for goodness sake!

Amanda said...

Thank you for agreeing with me on this one Caitlyn! The only reason I heard about it is bc I became an advocate for Planned Parenthood when I took my Senior Year Experience class at school, which was about how HIV/AIDS affects the world. They have lots of good information on their site and I plan to talk to my OB/GYN about all this when I see her in December.