Abortion: I am Pro Life AND Pro Choice
I may as well deal with this issue now. I believe in the sanctity of ALL Human Life (I'm not a vegetarian). For me, and science, life begins at conception. Albeit only a clump of cells, engaged in the process of division, it has begun a path of growth with the end result being that of the birth of a Human Baby. In short, that is where life starts and it ends in the physical realm at death. The hope in ALL life is that the end is of Natural Causes.
Pro Life -
Over the years, it is sad to say that abortion has morphed into more than just a means of ending the process of birth, of life, to an extraordinary method of birth control. One that I assure you, was never intended when those Justices voted to uphold Roe v Wade. I won't bore you with the many statistics on how Blacks and minority communities are impacted more negatively by this practice than Whites. Suffice it to say, it's a damned shame that we've reached a point to where in order to dehumanize the process of Life, many refer to that life in it's initial stages as a zygote or a clump of cells.
Pro Choice -
The Declaration of Independence states, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Notice the word "Life". It is first for a reason. Without Life, there is nothing. No Liberty and certainly no Pursuit of Happiness. One must have Life and that life begins at conception.
You are probably asking, "Well Minister Grayson, where is my choice to do with "My Body", as I choose." You say, "choose". Let me suggest and count your choices and they speak directly to my being Pro Choice.
1. The Government has no Right interfering with "Your Choice" to have sex with whomever you "Choose" as "Consenting Adults", male or female.
2. You can choose to engage in Protected or UnProtected Sex. That's your Right, it's your Choice. It includes various forms of Birth Control, readily available and most for free. We even have the "Morning After Pill", once known as RU486. A couple of side notes. Wait staff often use the phrase, "Joe, 86 the cheese" and the US Navy was using the Morning After Pill as early as 1981.
3. If you wake up the next morning, you can "Choose" up to 72 hours (Some say 48, others 1-5 days). However, it will NOT abort a fetus or harm a baby if conception has already taken place and there is no limit to how many times you can take. It's a choice.
4. We meet people all the time. A little effort in knowing who we are going to sleep with is a choice. Women, if he has 5 kids by 7 women already, run. Men, if she has 6 kids by 9 men, move to another city. Just a little effort is all it takes. Choice. I think you get my point.
In short, you have at least 5 chances to do the right thing, choose wisely. How many do you need in order for the next life to be considered as valuable as yours? Bottom line, your choice stops when another life begins.
It's not your body (or clump of cells) being violently ripped from the womb.
No Choice, No Life -
I know many are concerned about Rape, Incest and even those who may have some cognitive limitations. I understand that and I am sympathetic to it. However, if I may use my own daughter to make a point. If my daughter were the victim of such a circumstance, I would be there for her every step of the way, ensuring her that while her circumstance is tragic, it doesn't justify the taking of another innocent life. In the event she is unable or unwilling to raise that child, Adoption is the best possible outcome for every life involved.
Some will say, "I don't have a father, mother or any form of a support system that I can turn to." I submit that there are as many as there are organizations that promote abortion as there are those who don't. Lastly, babies are hard to adopt simply because there aren't that many available. People adopt babies, plain and simple.
Pro Choice, Pro Life -
As a Senator, I vow to fight to prevent ANY taxpayer funding of Abortion at the Federal Level. States can decide for themselves. If Abortion remains legal, let charity pay for it, not taxpayers.
Minister Derrick E. Grayson
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