Country: United States

Karline Tierney

Years ago a newspaper reporter told me why SHE was pro-choice and that story really stuck with me.

She visited a public school and in the principal’s office sat a small girl – maybe 9 years old, coloring in her coloring book. She was obviously pregnant and the teacher told the reporter that the girl’s father was the cause. The abortion was being denied! That story ALONE, though there are many others, was enough to make me pro-choice.

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Sarah Erdreich

I am prochoice because I don’t want complete strangers telling me what I can and can’t do with my body. I am prochoice because I trust women to have the intelligence and common sense to make the decisions that are best for themselves. I am prochoice because every child deserves to be wanted and cherished. I am prochoice because I don’t want my daughter’s generation to grow up with the same fear and danger around abortion care that my grandmother’s generation did. I am prochoice because I don’t want to live in a country that only gives men full reign over their own healthcare decisions and choices. I am prochoice because I believe not just in reproductive rights, but reproductive justice. I am prochoice because I can’t imagine being any other way.

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Patricia Ramsey King

MoveOn.org

I am prochoice because my study of the Bible leads me to believe it is God’s will that the mother of an unborn infant is responsible for making the decisions about her pregnancy.  To use manmade laws and manmade governments to interfere with the ability of the mother to exercise her God-given right to make those choices is to place man’s will above God’s will.  We are clearly instructed to obey God’s will and, as good Christians, should not attempt to obstruct the operation of God’s will with manmade laws.

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Ruth Keenoy

I am prochoice because I believe every woman has the right to privacy and should be allowed to make personal choices about her reproductive health. This right should be granted without political or religious intervention.

Mary Gillespie

I am prochoice because I believe what I was taught – that God gave us freedom to choose; that women have much more substantive issues than male clergy or male politicians or the wealthy understand or care about; and finally I believe because I think that this is all about suppressing women – male domination – and after 70 years I know through experience that most men do not know best or truly care for any but themselves!

Albert Travis

I am prochoice because I believe that each and every person has the right to be with the person who he or she loves and that loves him or her as well.

I’m straight but respectful of every adult’s right to be with the person that he or she loves and is committed to be with.

Renee Davis

I am prochoice because no one except the woman has the right to make the difficult decision of having an abortion. When a woman chooses to have an abortion, for whatever reason, it is her decision alone. No person, no politician, no religious ideology, and no societal input has any place whatsoever in the decision making process.

No woman goes into making this decision lightly and her choice should always be respected. There are no justifications for blame or shame. No one can understand or comprehend what circumstances surround her choice and no one has the right to deny her a constitutionally protected right.

Lynda Allshouse

I am prochoice because women need the right to decide what they want to do. No one should tell them what to do.

Elizabeth Unser

I believe in the individual’s right to decide their lives, because life is very complex and complicated.

Tamara Dreier

As a woman, I know how important it is to be ready to bring new life into this world. It is crucial to the success of the child, as well as society as a whole, for parents to be financially, emotionally and mentally ready to raise a child to be a successful and contributing member of society. When prospective parents are not ready for that enormous responsibility, the child suffers greatly, which is heart-breaking. And more broadly, society also suffers when that child becomes a burden rather than an asset to society. There are too many unwanted children in this world; many of whom never find loving homes. Thus, people need to have access to all possible options for deciding when it’s the right time for them.

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