There are many things I'd like to say in response to Diana Ronald-Szabo [“Call Abortion What It Is: Murder,” Feb. 9 Xpress] and those who share her myopic and oppressive views regarding a person's right to choose when or if they will bear a child. Really, though, the last thing we need is a public rehashing of the same old ideological arguments surrounding this issue. So I'd like to focus on my own personal experience with choice, and leave it at that.
I have known ever since I can remember that I wanted children, and I have always had high expectations for the quality of parent I would one day be. I now have a toddler who is healthy, happy and has everything he needs. He doesn't have to worry about access to food and shelter, or safety from abuse and neglect — these things are a birthright in his world. He knows that he is loved and wanted, and he moves through life with a confidence and security that blows my mind at times. He has and is all of these things because, before he was born, I had not only the right, but the ability and support I needed to make my own reproductive choices.
Becoming a mother has only further solidified my belief that every person should have agency over their fertility and parenting decisions. I have heard people say that sometimes choosing abortion is a parenting decision — whether it is the decision to put your resources toward the children you already have or the decision to wait so that you can one day be the quality of parent you always wanted to be.
March 10 was the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. On behalf of my son, and myself, I'd like to thank the doctor, staff and volunteers at Femcare, our local clinic, for working so hard to give people and families like ours the opportunity to make these choices.
— Erika Harrison