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Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice? Neither… I am Pro-Education.

Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice? Neither… I am Pro-Education.

I am fortunate to have a few friends who I can really talk to. I call it “Real Talk” or “Real Shit”. Really stimulating and thought provoking talk.

One subject which I have thought on for many years to figure out where I stood was on the subject of abortion. Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

I am not a quick to judge/fast to opinions type of person. If I don’t have the data to back up my opinion, I simply respond with “I am not sure how I feel about it” or “I haven’t made a choice yet on it” until I am able to think about it enough/do enough research to feel confident that my conviction lines up with the rest of my life, my beliefs and my core self.

I first learned/started caring about the pro-life vs. pro-choice movement in my early 20’s, when I started dating a woman who was nearly 10 years older than me, and who definitely wanted to have kids. She was ready, and I was definitely not. Fortunately I made the right decision at the time: to be careful and not have to put either of us in the position of having to choose.

Though the struggle was avoided in that instance, I still asked myself “what if I wasn’t so smart, we let our passion take control, and we were later stuck with the hard decision of having to choose between raising a kid when we barely know eachother, or she gets an abortion and ends a life?” I didn’t have an answer then, and for years I couldn’t answer people when they asked me what my opinion was, because I honestly hadn’t decided.

But, thinking about it this morning, it finally clicked for me. I have finally gotten to a place in my life, where I am starting to find my true self and my purpose for being here, that these kinds of questions are becoming clear. So here it is:

I am neither pro-choice nor pro-life.
I am pro-education.
Abortion is not a good thing. But a woman in the position of having to decide whether she should end a life so she can actually have her own, or sacrifice hers to save one, is very real, and not easy.
Simply put, when people are smarter, they make smarter decisions and less mistakes. If you want to reduce abortions, improve education so men aren’t so consumed with chasing tail and more so with compassion, and women make smarter choices far sooner than when it is too late.
Passing laws to force people to do things against their will only creates a culture of hate, felons and full prisons. Enabling people to use their greatest gift, their human mind, creates a culture of love, compassion, strength and progress. Not to mention it is far cheaper.
Sure, that doesn’t give us an immediate solution. It doesn’t solve our problems immediately. But neither does laying down a law that people simply can’t follow with the state our society’s are in. Nothing is a fast fix these days, but there is still right and there is still wrong. The right decision is the one that will raise people up. Wrong is the one which takes people’s freedom away and tells them what they must do, rather than them deciding on the right thing on their own.
So that’s where I stand. Education reform. Illiterate and even generally low intelligence society’s (and admittedly I myself am far less intelligent than I should be) will make the wrong decision repeatedly. Groups of highly literate and wise individuals will completely erase the need for, at least, a third of our current laws, and save millions of hours of wasted time and trillions of tax dollars every year.
What do you think? Where do you stand and why? I’m always curious about other peoples ideas. Let me know!
alexvineyard

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