Rick Perry says Wendy Davis should be pro-life because her mother didnâ€™t abort her. We disagree. - Slate Magazine
Liz Bugarin stashed this in -isms
Stashed in: Women
"In different circumstances, with different women, perhaps neither my husband nor I would be here. And thatâ€™s fine, or rather, we wouldnâ€™t be around to declare it fine or not-fine. We are both rabidly pro-choice, and knowing our mothersâ€™ storiesâ€”and Wendy Davisâ€™â€”only deepens our convictions, just as pro-lifers have anecdotes that deepen theirs. To me, the pro-lifer position isÂ I love my mother, and Iâ€™m so grateful she had me.Â The pro-choice position isÂ I love my mother, and Iâ€™m so grateful she had the right to choose what was best for her and her family.Â Both positions are honorable in their way. But only one of them imagines my mother as more than my motherâ€”as a person autonomous of me, and certainly autonomous of the blastocyst that turned into me.
Before I started writing this piece, I called my mother to ask for her permission. As we were getting off the phone, she said, â€śIâ€™m just glad youâ€™re here.â€ť Iâ€™m glad Iâ€™m here, too. But she was here first."