So I’m back and added a bunch more feminism/politics blogs, and a few vulvodynia/FSD blogs I’m very excited to see (and will be commenting on soon), but I haven’t yet updated the adoption-related blogroll. But I plan to.
It occurs to me that I’m now willing to be candid about sex, including my own sex life, on here (kind of the point of starting this in the first place), but don’t know if I want to talk about my personal relationship to adoption. So, the occasional news/rants about adoption will have to suffice.
News/rants, example of: here in Chicagoland one of the top stories, if not THE top story, in past weeks was President Obama’s commencement address last weekend at Notre Dame (and honorary degree), and the protests of such by anti-abortion groups. Okay. I don’t mind most of what he said in the excerpts of the speech I heard, except it makes me crazy every time I hear the “let’s discuss common ground to reduce abortion” argument floated when, this can’t be said often enough, NO PRO-LIFE GROUP SUPPORTS BIRTH CONTROL. NONE. I am sure many pro-life individuals kind of get the concept of better access and knowledge of birth control helping to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and hence abortions, but none of the major groups endorse it. No, they’re too busy trying to make it sound like Plan B/emergency contraception IS abortion, and therefore, birth control pills (since Plan B is just a high dosage/combination of such) are abortion…I’m not sure the average person KNOWS this. And then there’s promoting adoption as a simple, “oh why don’t more people think of that?” alternative to abortion. (I believe adoption is usually considered as an alternative to the woman’s raising the child herself, not to abortion.) Sigh. If anti-abortion groups endorse more support for single and/or poor mothers who might feel abortion is their only option (and I’ve heard that the abortion rate has gone up in this economy), that’s terrific. But do they? Uh, I probably should have researched this to back it up with studies and statistics, but I still think I’m on surer ground than the “let’s work together for our common goals!” myopia that infects so much mainstream discussion on reproductive rights.
End rant. Next up: references to my personal life that make it so difficult for me to tell anyone but internet strangers about this blog’s existence!