OK, we all know I am not a fan of John McCain. And as expected, during last night’s debate, all he did was solidify my opinion. I mean, holy crap, I can’t even believe some of the stuff that came out of the man’s mouth.
There was one particular issue that ignited a fire within. Made me want to yell at him through the television: Do not call liberals/democrats “pro-abortion.”
It’s pro-CHOICE, you asshat.
It’d be like me going around saying that pro-lifers are “anti-freedom.” This type of talk has driven me crazy for years.
I have told this story to people before (but never on my blog). During the 2004 election season, I was employed at a different company than I am now. Politics were discussed pretty openly. I liked the discussions. Mostly, everyone was respectful of the opinions of others, and it was pretty interesting to debate the issues with others.
However, there was an administrative assistant/receptionist that was very, very conservative. Someone said something to me in front of her one day that made it clear I supported the democrats. She looked at me and said, “You’re a democrat?” I said yes. She replied, “Oh, so you’re a baby killer.”
Right in the middle of an office of professionals. Honestly, now. What a bitch.
Four years later, as I remember that moment, I get pissed that she had the audacity to say something like that to me just for supporting a particular candidate. She had no idea about my stance on abortion. (If you haven’t already made the assumption based on this post, yes, I’m pro-choice. But that’s not the point.)
She had no idea of my history. What if I had had an abortion in my past? In that case, I guess this coworker would have had reason to call me a baby killer. But would it have been right for her to do so? Hell no. Again, she’d have no idea about the situation. No idea if I had been raped, if my health had been at risk, etc. What if it was a decision I had made, but it was really hard for me? She would have been drudging up all of those old feelings, right in the middle of a work day in the middle of an office.
I know that all of what I just said is hypothetical. But the point is–she didn’t know. And still, she had the nerve.
The other side of this issue: I will go out on a limb here and say that I don’t think anyone who is pro-choice is pro-abortion. We simply support the right of a woman to make the choice. I honestly don’t understand how people can’t see the difference.
If you are pro-life, I completely respect that.
If you are pro-life, don’t ever have an abortion. It’s as simple as that. But you know the beauty of it? It’s your choice. And what gives you the right to try to take away the choice from someone else?
The other part of the abortion portion of the debate that absolutely knocked me over was when they were talking about Roe v. Wade, and whether or not Obama and McCain would nominate someone to the Supreme Court if the person didn’t agree with them on Roe v. Wade.
McCain started rambling on about how he would nominate people based on their qualifications, not their beliefs, blah blah blah. He was pressed to give an actual answer to the question, and what did he say? He said (paraphrasing), “Well, I don’t believe that anyone who has ever supported Roe v. Wade would have the necessary qualifications.” And then he LAUGHED.
Pardon me while my head explodes.
OK, enough. I’m more than ready. Let’s vote.
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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