Pro-choice writer Cara J. Marianna gives reasons why women had abortions. Read these reasons why women had abortions and look at the pictures of aborted babies. Do these reasons justify what you see?
“In addition to relationship issues, financial concerns, youth, and general fear of parental/familial response, many women simply reported that it was not the right time to have a child. A number of women had other things they wanted to do and did not want to disrupt their plans.
Pregnancy and motherhood are physically, psychologically, and emotionally demanding, and the women I interviewed had a clear sense of their capabilities and limitations. Five of the younger women did not feel ready for the responsibilities of motherhood, while two of the older women I spoke with had reached a point in their lives when they looked forward to having the duties of motherhood behind them. It was common for women to feel that they had (and continue to have) their own lives, identities, goals, and dreams, quite independent of boyfriends, partners, husbands, and children. Some women are not interested in being mothers while other women have things “they want to do before taking on the responsibilities of parenting.
Women who do have children may not want all their years consumed by the demands of motherhood. No matter how rewarding women find motherhood to be, many look forward to a time when we can focus on ourselves….. The desire for some type of freedom was a persistent narrative theme in these stories. Several women I spoke with were not willing to have a baby because it would result in a significant curtailment of personal liberty and a loss of control over their lives.”
“I wanted more woman-time to grow and discover. Something in me knew that that would clearly cease in the way that I was looking for it at that time. Of course, you would still become a woman if you had a child at that age, but I wanted to travel, I wanted to go to graduate school, I wanted to read more, I wanted to go to concerts. A lot of the reasons for the first one were issues of freedom.”
“I had a lot of plans for the fall, and I knew that if I was pregnant, I couldn’t do it. I was gonna travel with the fairs for the summer and knew there was going to be camping. It was just a great way to make a lot of money. I didn’t want anything to mess it up.”
“as many women know, children can and do impinge upon our personal freedom in significant ways. Jane would not have been able to pursue her educational and career goals with a new baby to care for. At the very least, she would have had to postpone her career development for several more years, by which time she would have been in her forties.”
“Two of the older women I interviewed (Paula and Jane), both of whom were in their thirties when they had their abortions, were ready to have childbearing behind them so that they could focus on their own lives and interests.”
Cara J. Marianna Abortion: A Collective Story (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002) 93-94, 96. 97, 98
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