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There’s been some discussion yesterday and today on an e-group I partake in regarding the political leanings of a particular gynecological physician in town. Everyone raves about this doctor, and then someone said a google search turned up a bunch of pro-life information, and by the way, what *was* her leaning regarding abortion?

I’m naive. I’ll fully admit that. But I don’t think I’ve ever considered the political leanings of a doctor I’ve seen. Yes, I was annoyed at the questions when I was pregnant with Brendan about “would you want to terminate the pregnancy if something is amiss at the 20w ultrasound?” etc., but I figured it was a canned speech and that it was given to every patient. It took me so many years to carry a pregnancy TO 20w, that was no way in you-know-where that I would terminate, no matter *what* that ultrasound showed or didn’t show.

But back to the present. I was thinking about this tonight and how much American women have come to see the abortion issue as a political signpost, so to speak. As if, “If you’re pro-life, then I don’t want to have a Pap smear with you” is somehow making a statement. It also occurred to me that on many levels, we take this matter for granted. Children are a blessing~I firmly believe this. But it’s “our right” to determine when, how many, etc., we have, and it’s seen as a good thing to limit the number we have. Almost as if this “reproductive right” we have has dulled our sensibilities about the miracle of life in and of itself.

Yet in other parts of the world, women desperately want more than one child and are forced to undergo abortions (late-term) against their wills. I think of China’s one-child policy and the mandatory sterilizations, the forced abortions, and the “reproduction monitors” that are in the women’s workplace who do just that~monitor when a woman might be cycling and if she might be pregnant without permission.

I wonder in China and other countries if their “reproductive rights” are seen even remotely the same way, or if children are viewed differently there because they lack the same freedoms we have to terminate our pregnancies whenever we so desire. I think I know the answer to that just based on my knowledge of China and its culture.

Regardless, I found the discussion fascinating. I don’t condemn anyone for the choices they have made in the past, I just know that based on my (in-) fertility history, I couldn’t make a decision to terminate a pregnancy. And frankly, finding a doctor that is pro-life isn’t a bad thing in my book. Especially in this uber-“enlightened” city..

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