June 2nd, 2004

little review

Poem for Wednesday

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The above is a poem by a Renewal movement rabbi that radically reinterprets Genesis, in case that may offend. And speaking of offense, I've stated this before, but I will state it again, in light of recent events, namely a court decision yesterday to block a law that put an outrageous burden upon pregnant women, which made me ecstatic, followed by a couple of posts that showed up on my Friends list objecting to this legal decision, which made me see red:

If you believe that terminating a pregnancy is wrong for you, I completely support you and your beliefs and your right to discuss those beliefs as they apply to yourself. In fact, I feel exactly the same way when it comes to myself, my body and any fetus I should conceive, though I have had the fortune never to have been raped, impoverished, betrayed, seriously ill during pregnancy, or pregnant at a time in my life when carrying a fetus to term would have placed an intolerable burden on my health, livelihood, family or emotional stability, so I fully acknowledge that I cannot know how it feels to be pregnant and devastated.

If you believe, based on your personal experience or your religion or your gut instinct, that abortion is wrong in any and all cases no matter the circumstance, and you have the means or the connections to support a woman through a pregnancy that may threaten her health, her career, her solvency or her sanity, I think it is wonderful if you offer to give her that support, so long as you understand that in the end it will be her choice, not yours, to decide whether to end her pregnancy. I've done the same for friends who announced that they were planning to terminate pregnancies about which they expressed ambivalence. It's a true blessing if you can help a woman achieve the choice she would make in an ideal world where every mother would be given the financial support, nurturing environment and health care that all mothers deserve, and where every child would be welcomed with support that was emotional, material, financial, educational and ongoing past the earliest stages of life.

If, however, you believe that your religious and moral beliefs, or the religious and moral beliefs of your church or your political party, should supersede or dictate the laws of the United States on the issue of reproductive rights, I will fight you with every legal means at my disposal. And while I accept and support your legal right to declare your beliefs in print, I will not allow you to espouse anti-choice views on my personal Friends page on LiveJournal. The decision to post anti-choice screeds is your moral right. The decision to take you off my friends list is mine. I will certainly understand should you wish to do the same, because I will continue to encourage people to support organizations and politicians who support freedom of religion and control of our own bodies in matters of sexuality and reproduction as loudly and as often as I can.

On a happier note, a few recs: melinafandom's "Kindred Spirits" (post-trilogy Faramir and Elrond), arysteia's "The Wooden Horse, or, A Mighty Erection" (a hilarious parody/commentary on The Iliad and Troy), and all the various bits of M&C art the_reverand has been posting; I don't want to link to them because they're not on LiveJournal and therefore there's no place for people who like them to leave appreciative comments.

ETA: Happy Birthday crimsonsnitch!