from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

12.01.2005

to have or not to have … a boy or a girl

for the first time in five years, the u.s. supreme court is tackling the abortion issue, specifically a new hampshire law requiring parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion. opponents of the law call it another step in “eroding access” and say it imposes “undue burden”. arguments for the law note an intention to give pregnant minors the benefit of parental guidance.

the fact of the matter is that cases like these are intended to chip away at roe v. wade. and, because anti-choice arguments are rooted in the belief that life begins at conception, an article on cnn.com exploring gender selection provides interesting juxtaposition:

for parents-to-be, the latest option for gender selection is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). it goes like this: a woman’s eggs are fertilized via in vitro. each embryo is then examined, and a male or female embryo is then chosen. unwanted embryos are discarded. the procedure runs about $19k.

whether created through intercourse or in a lab, an embryo is an embryo. and choice is choice. while the anti-choice movement fights to eliminate a woman’s right to make a thoughtful decision based on her current place in life, financial status, ability/desire to care for a child, etc … a wealthy few are making calculated decisions about whether they’d rather raise a boy or a girl.

2 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

And the truth is that these wealthy few are the same ones who couldn't care less if abortion is legal here or not. It's no sweat to hop on a plane and go somewhere where is IS, or pay your private physician to do it on the sly. But they also wouldn't think twice about it if it interfered with their life. i feel bad about generalizing, but i really think for the most part it's true.

12/01/2005 11:25:00 AM

 
Blogger betsy said...

as it stands, equal access for low-income women is already a problem: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/Issues/equal/index.cfm

12/01/2005 11:46:00 AM

 

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