|From the lovely Jess at NFP Works.|
My school hosts an Ethics Roundtable every month or so about hot topic issues. It's a great forum for civil exchange with others about differing opinions. Last month the topic was abortion. It actually compounded quite well with the changes in the Komen Grant funding (or the lack of changes...who knows?) I went to be a voice for the pro-life side and act as the token Catholic
I wanted to share a really interesting pro-choice argument that I heard with you all:
"In order for men and women to be true equals we must ensure abortion is readily accessible."
I wasn't able to respond because this was one of the last comments made by the moderator of the event. It's probably better that way because my response would have been "Are you
Now that I've had the opportunity to think about this a little more thoroughly here is my counter argument.
This infuriates me. I happen to think that women and men are equals just the way God (or evolution, whichever you prefer) made them. Are we functionally equal? No. Women and men have different parts and those different parts have different functions. Women were made to carry a child. We were made to nurture our children. This is all biologically ensured to propagate the species. Our pelvic bones are wider for the sake of giving birth. We develop breasts for the sake of feeding an infant. We have a menstrual cycle for sake being able to care for and nurture that child from the very second of their creation. Men have a penis for the sake of impregnating a women.
Now I know I'm biased but having the ability to carry, deliver, and nurture a child seems pretty kick ass to me in comparison to the alternative. These abilities do not make us inferior. Nor do they make us superior in dignity (but in pure capibilities, I'd have a different argument.)
Feminists who push this 'not equal until' mentality need to think about what they're saying. We need to quit letting a contraceptive mentality tell us that we aren't good enough just the way we are. We should absolutely be treated with the same respect and dignity that men are but we should not sacrifice our innate femininity for the sake of being more like men. That in my opinion is truly anti-woman.