My dear Sin City Siren readers, I have been keeping a secret from you for some weeks, and yes, it is partly why I have been a bit too busy and distracted for blogging. I am pregnant! I’m just moving out of the first trimester this week.
This is a planned pregnancy. (Indeed, I got pregnant within one month of going off the pill!) My husband, of 12 years, and I are so excited about becoming parents for the first time!
I may tire a bit easily these days, but don’t worry, I’m still the feisty, feminist you know and love! And I’m still very much pro-reproductive-choices, pro-sex-education, pro-equality in health care and all that good stuff!
One thing I can already feel is that some of the issues I have always cared about have taken on new meaning. I have known pro-choice women who changed their mind after becoming pregnant. But for me, it has made me feel all the more resolved that I don’t ever want someone to tell me what I can and can’t do regarding my uterus, my health, my body and my family planning.
Of course, there are a lot of reasons for me to remain pro-choice and to fight for everyone to have equal access to good health care and good reproductive health options (including contraceptives and abortion). In my life, I have been lucky to always have access to affordable birth control. But plenty of women — even married, working women with children — don’t.
I believe that if you have abundance and good fortune in your life, then it is important to help those who don’t. Because I have always had access to birth control, I fight for those who don’t. Because I received quality sex education in my school system when I was growing up, I fight for it to be in schools now. Because I never had to be in a position where I had to consider having an abortion (because of my access to birth control and affordable health care), I fight for those who don’t have access or who are in danger of having it taken away.
And I fight because I want a better world for my future child and all the children (of friends and relatives) whom I know.