Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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I try, you guys.  Really I do.  I try to suppress, but sometimes the politics just come barfing out.  Sorry, but this post is a total downer. 

I know that people love to turn abortion into a wedge issue, because it's an easy way to differentiate one side from the other, and also serves the handy purpose of turning people into one-issue voters, keeping them from researching further into the platforms and asking in-depth questions about just how each candidate plans to implement their plans for A Better America Today or whatever.  I don't like abortion.  I think it's awful.  But I also think that if you find yourself further right than the LDS church, and allow for no cases in which it may be an unfortunate necessity, then you might need to rethink your position.  Looking merely at the lack of a rape or incest clause, I am horrified that someone would think they get to tell a woman who has had this monstrosity done to her that she has no choice about whether or not to carry the baby to term.  How do you become the sort of person who can say that?  And being the suspicious pessifeminist that I am, I am terrified by the idea that if there were a law that an abortion could only be performed in the case of rape or incest, someone might have to prove she was raped before she could obtain an abortion.  How would that play out?  Would the perpetrator have to be found, charged, prosecuted, and convicted?  How many weeks along would she be by then?  I don't like the potential there for women and the contents of their uteri to be considered property of the state.  Hey--ask Ceausescu how that worked out for him!  Yes, the focus should be on the rapist and bringing him to justice.  But there will always be rapists, won't there?  There will always be the powerful abusing the weak, and to deny the weak the dignity of governing themselves is to perpetuate the abuse.  A good step toward ending abuse of women might be to recognize their status as equal, sovereign beings, and to stop denying them a voice in the management of their own lives.  So, even recognizing that there are women who would choose an abortion for reasons I might consider selfish and immature, I think I have to put myself on the side of "safe, legal and rare."  I hate slogans, especially when it's life and potential life at stake, but that's the most succinct way I can sum it up. 

Now!  Vaccines.  Recently I was talking to someone who said she'd been putting off getting her child immunized for kindergarten, because she'd been talking to another woman who doesn't vaccinate her children, and she was nervous.  People.  There is not a nice way to say this, so I will just be blunt:  I am not convinced that a woman whose toddler's teeth are rotten and falling out from being put to bed with sippy cups of juice and Kool-aid, whose house is a treasure trove of highly-processed manufactured food, with nary a fruit or vegetable in sight (except in their plastic form as decoration), has done the necessary amount of research to make a well-informed, educated decision about what we should and shouldn't be putting in our bodies.  I am pretty careful about what goes into my children, food- and otherwise, and yes, I was a little skeeved out by the idea of slamming my kids at such a tender age with so many vaccines and their multifarious questionable ingredients, and yes, I think the vaccine schedule and contents could do with closer examination, and yes, vaccines have side effects, sometimes unimaginably horrible ones.  But I read both sides and talked to smart, thoughtful people I trusted, and decided I preferred our chances with the vaccines.  I made what I felt was the best decision for our family. I support everyone's right to do likewise, or even to make an uninformed, ignorant decision.  But I also think that when your decision has the likelihood of impacting countless other people, potentially lethally, as refusal to vaccinate does, then we have a right to be protected from you, Typhoid Mary.  Form an isolated community of like-minded individuals and have at it.  Maybe you will develop immunity and the rest of us will rue our short-sightedness.  But until then stop compromising our herd immunity. 

Here's the article on Slate that got me yelling about it today. 

How are you guys, anyway?  How is school going?  We have settled in and the kids are already pushing the schedule for bus readiness to the utmost limit.  My yearbook chairman bailed on me, and I still don't have a president-elect.  I sent a letter home with the students today, and I refrained from addressing it "Dear Leeches," but it was hard.  I have to keep reminding myself that it's possible that no one knows how desperate our situation is.  I certainly didn't until I was called into service by the girl who did it before me.  I suppose it's okay if they sin in ignorance.  But I'm still mad, and if anybody acts like they are so busy, busier than I am, then they'd better be able to back that up with facts.

Now.  Feel free to lambaste me in the comments and show me where my reasoning is flawed.  I'll never learn if people don't disagree with me.  


Marsha said...

Sometimes your postings are a tonic to my mind and soul. This was one of those postings. Your sentiments parallel my own, and will help me express myself to those who, I fear, are somewhat lazy in their thinking.

I do hope you get the help you need at school, and I agree, "Dear Leeches" is probably not the best way to win friends and influence people. Some things may just not get done, but some will, and it's not all up to you.

tipsybaker said...

You were on fire with this post! Law school?

beckster said...

I agree with Jennifer, you were the president of the debate team with this post! I would like to disagree with you for the sake of argument, but I can't. Your arguments were thoughtful and balanced. Abortion is a necessary evil. Otherwise, there are people telling other people what to do with their bodies and their lives, and that never works. Vaccines, don't get me started! I am incensed that all the progress that was made when vaccines were required for attendance at public schools(my era)has been lost. People, the public health is just that, the public health! Herd immunity is required for the health of society. I agree that vaccine norms should be studied again for possible modification, but do these people have any idea what it was like when children routinely died of rubeola, or had heart disease the rest of their lives, or women had disabled children because of rubella exposures when pregnant? Humans, sadly we never learn from history and its successes and failures. So now I feel better, thanks, Layne! The voice of reason does still exist, and how delightful to hear it! Good luck with getting some help from all those self-absorbed, wrong thinking beings you are trying to help!

Tori said...

I mentioned before that stupid woman who said "nobody even gets measles anymore, anyway" when explaining whys she didn't vaccinate her children, right? I've never wanted to shake someone to death so much in my life.

I just wrote and erased an entire paragraph on abortion. It just gets me too fired up, especially with all this "legitimate rape" nonsense that's been going around the last few weeks. But hey! At least it got us off Chick-fil-A!