Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
|The Washington Post - Monday, June 8, 2015
“Abortion rights leader’s pregnancy surprises opponents: ‘Is that real?’
Ilyse Hogue, head of NARAL: Pro-Choice America, the nation’s largest pro-choice organization, is 45 years old and pregnant with twins. The journalist has to come up with an angle. She goes with a comment made at a public hearing “is that real?” She then discusses the NARAL position that supports reproductive freedom and presents some recent history. She does not mention anything about being 45 years old and pregnant.
Personally, that would fill me with fear but, Ms. Hogue insists this is something she wants. Good for her. That is what choice is all about. I hope she has a strong, healthy support system to raise twins, and I hope they are both healthy.
In the article, Ms. McCarthy points out that most women who seek abortions already have children. I was told through a contact in Planned Parenthood the largest group of women seeking abortion are peri-menopausal with grown children; the “change of life” pregnancy. There is also a substantial number of women who are facing their last chance at pregnancy at the same time of life. (Here comes my rant. Are you ready?”)
People who believe a version of God as one who micromanages and makes every little thing in one’s life happen “for a purpose” have yet to explain to me how they cope with the contradictions in my last paragraph. What “loving god” would give a baby to someone who is not in a position to meet its needs and none to someone who wants a child? Of course, I am a mere human and I don’t really expect myself to comprehend the mind of the creator of multiple universes. But, the folks who say they do understand the mind of God, rain confusion on my head. I would think I could understand mere mortals, like myself, but I don’t. Why do they want to get in the middle of someone else’s pregnancy by saying they know what God means? This is taking more responsibility than I, personally, could handle.
What I think is going on here is an effort by the extreme right to stimulate the economy by growing the population (there is a bill board south of town that promotes this idea,) and wants women out of politics and the workplace by keeping us “barefoot and pregnant.” They can’t win. The more time women have at home, the more political action we can take. The more citizens there are, the harder for the right to control everyone. But it is very painful for women to hear all this controversy over something so personal. For example, what right does someone in a public hearing have to say “is that real?” How rude.
I wish there was no fight over this. I wish Ilyse Hogue could lay down her fighting words and go home and raise these children knowing there is no need for someone to fill her role at NARAL. Most of all, I am happy for her and for her very much wanted children, and for their father who gets the joy of raising children with a partner who truly wants and loves his children. And, I think it is wonderful that the head of NARAL is pregnant.