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January 27, 2013


Well said.

Reading it, I am thinking about how many of the arguments you debunk tend to treat the child as a commodity. This doesn't even work good for dog shelters.

Ironically, a lot of the commodity arguments are from the Christian Right. Treating a life as a commodity seems anathema to the Gospels. Yet the odd alliance of the Christian Right with the "God and Country" second amendment rights, and especially capitalism above all leads to defining all things in terms of a commodity. Not to mention the odd resurgence of Ayn Rand in certain church circles.

it seems thse forced bith groups would be fine if childbirth was still as dangerous.

Beautiful essay, Athenae. And I pray that a "child comes to you" in the right way and time for you and your DH and the ferrets.

I am so with you on all of this. I've been through (and am going through) many of the same things you describe. Infertility and waiting for an adoption are frustrating and painful, but I can't imagine wanting to constrain the rights and choices of people facing and unwanted or poorly-timed pregnancy further than they already are just so I can have something that I think would make my life better.

Oh, all of this.

I also think that its very telling that the women with whom she is in "competition" in the original blog post are all women just like her--same race, class status, education, all married. She doesn't imaginatively put herself into the boots of some other woman who can't accept/face the cost of the physical pregnancy while working full time and still living at home (unmarried) or homeless, or who has a special needs child already sucking up all available income. There is a huge physical cost to pregnancy --a risk. She acts like her friends, or her former friends as the case may be, are frivolously terminating the pregnancies as though they are cancelling the order for a prom dress. Pregnancy is risky, demanding, dangerous even with good health insurance. New babies are not always perfectly healthy. The risks that the original writer thinks she is willing to take are not actually the risks she is taking--is she willing to adopt a special needs baby? If not why does she think other women should risk carrying one to term?

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