By William Price
In 1973, the Supreme Court made its landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. This decision, still under debate, ensured women of their Constitutional right to privacy when it comes to their reproduction. This opposition to this decision and its resulting camps of thought have led to the modern “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life” movements.
The Pro-Choice movement is one based on the individual freedoms that America values. Pro-Choice Miami exists on the mantras “Education, Freedom, Choice” and “Pro-Health, Pro-Child, Pro-Choice”. An explanation of these slogans easily summarizes our view.
First of all, PCM believes in access to comprehensive sex education for all students instead of the abstinence-only sexuality education offered in many schools across the country. We firmly hold that with education, we can ensure that accidental pregnancies occur less often. Our philosophy also holds that women should be fully educated about all of their reproductive choices with scientific, non-biased information so that each woman’s decision is the best one for her situation. We also believe in the freedom for women (and men) to make all of their reproductive decisions, whether that is to carry a pregnancy to term, have an abortion, give the baby up for adoption- essentially we strive to ensure that all options are viable. To this end, we are working on establishing a scholarship for pregnant students here at Miami. Finally, our commitment to choice requires that the reproductive rights of every woman remain in her hands, and not the hands of the government or society. A Pro-Choice view recognizes that each woman’s situation is unique, unpredictable, and individual. Choice protects the rights of women to make some of the most important decisions of their lives.
Our Pro-Health tenet refers to our commitment to reproductive health for all people. Pro-Choice Miami believes that reproductive health is extremely important, and we hold several educational events as well as provide condoms, dental dams, and reproductive health information at various events throughout the school year. Finally, the Pro-Choice movement is certainly Pro-Child. Too often we hear from less informed people that Pro-Choice promotes abortion, and advocates of Pro-Choice dislike children. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We believe that every child should be wanted, and we fully support the decision of a woman to carry a pregnancy to term.
The Pro-Choice and Pro-Life movements are riddled with rhetoric and buzz words, but even more so with misconceptions. Pro-Choice keeps the decisions, the responsibility, and the freedom with the individual instead of centralizing them in the hands of government. We cannot give in to anti-choice advocates and relinquish these inherent individual rights
Choice is the foundation of our society. Removing the most fundamental rights of one to control his or her own reproduction opens the door for the seizure of other rights. Each situation is unique and esoteric; each choice is valuable to the individual. If we give up this most basic human freedom, what will we lose next?