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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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43 Responses

  1. Jennifer
    Jennifer January 22, 2007 at 1:27 pm |

    Fantastic and emotional post, Jill. And what a good collection of resources. Thank you!

  2. Laurie
    Laurie January 22, 2007 at 1:36 pm |

    Well put. Brava! And may I say, I am planning on printing this baby out to have on hand. I don’t lock horns with too many people on this issue right now (I don’t get out much), but it is truly helpful to have such a coherent set of arguments to reference when necessary.

  3. Karina
    Karina January 22, 2007 at 1:50 pm |

    Thirded. :) Excellent post, and tons of extra information.

  4. johanna
    johanna January 22, 2007 at 1:51 pm |

    I am pro-choice because my life is worth something.

    Word. Well said all around, Jill.

  5. Erin
    Erin January 22, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    I am pro-choice because to be anything else is to devalue and harm women, children, families, and my country.

    Fuck yes.

  6. thinking girl
    thinking girl January 22, 2007 at 3:21 pm |

    thank you Jill!

  7. Jasmine
    Jasmine January 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm |

    I am pro-choice because it’s the pro-choice movement that has advocated for policies which actually decrease the need for abortion, and which make it easier for women to have children: comprehensive sexual health education, affordable and accessible contraception (including emergency contraception), pre-natal and well-baby care, social support for pregnant women and women with children, affordable child care, fair pay for working women, supporting pregnant girls, and gender equality.

    This paragraph in particular says so much about why I vote pro-choice in election after election after election.

  8. Helen
    Helen January 22, 2007 at 3:27 pm |

    I think “I will not to back” should be “will not go back”… Great post – linking now.

  9. Rhiannon
    Rhiannon January 22, 2007 at 3:33 pm |

    You rock Jill!

  10. Denise
    Denise January 22, 2007 at 4:02 pm |

    Awesome post. Thank you.

  11. Medbh
    Medbh January 22, 2007 at 4:04 pm |

    Excellent composition! Great resources here for everyone to share to smack down the ignorant woman haters and brain washed religious whackos.

  12. W. Kiernan
    W. Kiernan January 22, 2007 at 4:21 pm |

    I’m pro-choice because I’ve watched a woman giving birth twice, and who the fuck am I, as a guy, to tell any woman she has to go through that when she doesn’t want to?

  13. ako
    ako January 22, 2007 at 4:49 pm |

    I am pro-choice because I see what places look like when “pro-life” policies are the rule of law.

    YES, YES, YES!!!!

    I spent a few years in the Philippines, which isn’t a fraction as draconian as El Salvador. But little girls who get raped are forced to have babies because you can’t terminate a pregnancy on a nine-year-old girl unless you can prove it will kill her. Women and girls go to some stranger’s house, take medicines they know nothing about, let people with unknown credentials stick medical instruments of uncertain cleanliness in their genitals, take diuretic overdoses, and count themselves lucky if they find themselved dripping blood and bits of fetus in a bathroom somewhere, and even luckier if they only have a treatable infection. Women get pregnant and lose their chance at an education, lose their job, ruin their health, and sometimes die because the permissible calculation of how much risk of death a woman can be forced to bear is imperfect, at best. Forcing a perfectly healthy adult woman to give birth against her will is bad enough, but it’s far from the worst that happens under “pro-life” laws.

  14. Johann
    Johann January 22, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    I look at this issue in a way that everyone is pro-choice.

    Some people feel obligated to make that choice for everyone else and disguise that fact by saying they are pro-life instead of admitting that they want to make that choice for everyone else.

    Others feel obligated to allow those people most affected by the decision to have an abortion make the decision of whether or not to have an abortion for themselves. They are usually mistakenly called pro-abortion instead of pro-Choice.

    There are few people who consider themselves to be both anti-abortion and pro choice. Being anti-abortion for themselves while allowing others to make that decision for themselves.

  15. Kyra
    Kyra January 22, 2007 at 4:56 pm |


    No, fuck that. *standing ovation*

  16. Laura
    Laura January 22, 2007 at 5:11 pm |

    This is by far, the most eloquently and well researched piece of writing I have seen today. Thank you.

  17. piny
    piny January 22, 2007 at 5:47 pm |

    Amazing post.

  18. Julie
    Julie January 22, 2007 at 6:00 pm |

    Thank you Jill… what a fantastic post. It really brings home so many fantastic points.

  19. Heidi
    Heidi January 22, 2007 at 6:13 pm |

    De-lurking to join in the chorus of praise here. What a fantastic post — I agree with every word.

  20. Jane
    Jane January 22, 2007 at 6:28 pm |

    There wouldn’t be any discussion over whether abortion is right or wrong if people learned when to keep their pants on and when to take them off.

  21. thegirlfrommarz
    thegirlfrommarz January 22, 2007 at 6:32 pm |

    Great post, Jill. What I wanted to say, but much more eloquently put.

  22. trailer park chick
    trailer park chick January 22, 2007 at 6:37 pm |

    EXCELLENT post!

  23. Rosie
    Rosie January 22, 2007 at 6:42 pm |

    Excellent post! You did indeed hit everything. Bravo!

  24. Lingual X
    Lingual X January 22, 2007 at 6:57 pm |

    Brilliant! Wow!

  25. Lindsay
    Lindsay January 22, 2007 at 7:06 pm |

    Best read of the month!!! Maybe the year!!!! Fantastic! Couldn’t have said it better!

  26. Tits McGee
    Tits McGee January 22, 2007 at 7:28 pm |

    Amen, and thank you.

  27. Laurie
    Laurie January 22, 2007 at 7:40 pm |

    While these reasons are powerful ones, please keep in mind that they do come at a significant price. I am missing a niece that I will never know, and I am sad about that. When the pricetag to a better life is the life of another, it is heavy indeed.


  28. George Arndt
    George Arndt January 22, 2007 at 7:42 pm |

    Women have abortions because of unplanned pregnancy and/or they can’t afford them. What have the pro-lifers done (other than promoting abstinence) done to lesson the need for abortion? Many pro-lifers are against real sex education, against birth control and belittle the effectiveness of condoms. And many of these pro-lifers don’t seem too worked up over cuts in government programs for needy children.
    Their “anti-abortion” crusade is surprisingly oxymoronic. Instead of focusing on outlawing abortion, they should do more to take care of babies AFTER they are born.

    And take a look at Europe, which has lower infant mortality and lower teen pregnancy. This makes the far right preaching quite empty.

  29. Jasmine
    Jasmine January 22, 2007 at 8:05 pm |

    Kudos, you covered it so thoroughly. Those are many of the same reasons I am pro choice too. Bravo!

  30. True
    True January 22, 2007 at 8:12 pm |

    Magnificent. Thank you.

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  32. S. Jenny
    S. Jenny January 22, 2007 at 8:49 pm |

    Fantastic. You put my own feelings into words and so much more. That was a terrific essay supported by some great resources. Thank you.

  33. Laurie
    Laurie January 22, 2007 at 10:07 pm |

    Just to note, as I’m a trifle sensitive about this kind of thing….

    Laurie in #27 is not me — I posted in #2, and haven’t come back to this thread since. I am not, to my knowledge, missing any relatives due to abortion. If I am, it’s obviously none of my business, as I haven’t been told.

    I’ll differentiate myself in the future if I need to, but I’d rather not. I’m really *lousy* at coming up with clever nicknames.

  34. ako
    ako January 23, 2007 at 12:03 am |

    Laurie #27 (that work to differentiate?),

    I get that you feel a loss. I actually think it’s fine that you feel a loss, here. The big distinction between pro-choice and pro-life isn’t that one side likes abortion and the other doesn’t; there’s a lot of different ways to feel about the loss of a fetus. You don’t have to be happy about it, and you’re free to miss what might have been.

    The real essence of being pro-choice is not wanting to force pregnancy on people. And it does come down to forcing pregnancy on people. If you want examples, look at any of the entries in this sentence of the original post;

    I am pro-choice because I see what places look like when “pro-life” policies are the rule of law. I see it again and again and again.

    So if you don’t like the choices of someone else in your family, and you feel you’ve lost something, that’s okay. Not everyone’s going to agree with you, but you’re free to think that. I hope you understand though, that there’s human pain and suffering, and human lives that will be lost through denying abortions. So there’s a great deal of concern that women don’t have to answer to the police for doing what your sister or sister-in-law did. And even if you don’t agree with her, I doubt you want her imprisoned.

  35. Robinitaface
    Robinitaface January 23, 2007 at 12:38 am |

    Fabulous. Well said.

  36. River
    River January 23, 2007 at 3:33 am |

    Mine’s here. I’ve linked to yours without asking; hope that’s OK.

    Thank you for this truly excellent post. I’ll be referring back to the source links repeatedly, I’m sure.

  37. the procrastinators handbook
    the procrastinators handbook January 23, 2007 at 4:03 pm |

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  38. bluefish A
    bluefish A January 23, 2007 at 5:56 pm |

    amazing post. just brillant.
    i think a new pro-choice slogan should be centered around the “trusting women” meme. b/c that’s really what this issue is about.

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  40. fiercelyfab
    fiercelyfab January 24, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    I am pro-choice because I believe that children should be wanted, their entrances into the world joyous occasions — that they should never be considered punishment

    Yes, yes, and yes to everything said, but especially this here.

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