Pro Choice

The question from Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind is about birth control.

Back in the forties, before birth control was used, women had no control on their bodies. When they were pregnant, which happened often (big families were common then) they had no choice but to go ahead with the pregnancy. Abortion wasn’t legal, and they would often go to back street clinics. They often didn’t have a choice. Some were very young, unable to look after a baby, and some were bringing children into already large families.

They couldn’t afford another mouth to feed.

When they could take the pill, it stopped all that heartache. For the first time, women had a choice. They didn’t have to be a baby machine, and could have more freedom in how they lived their lives.

The pill isn’t perfect, and other methods need to be used, but it helped a whole generation of women take control of their own bodies. If they wanted to concentrate on their careers they could, if they wanted to start a family they could, it was up to them.

So, yes, I am all for the pill, because it is pro choice for women.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

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