I had two miscarriages. I am the child of an immigrant family, and more importantly a poor immigrant family. Growing up health care was scarce, with many broken bones that healed on their own, pneumonia that I patiently sat and waited to heal on it's own... I saw myself as strong. Nothing would prepare me for the loss of two children I had been happy about receiving into this world.
I am pro-choice, I believe that the basic right to choose, regardless of social standards are more important than morality. Morality often lies within self-interest, so facts rather than opinions resonate with me more.
I had complications during both my pregnancies - unable to receive health care, I miscarried both of my fetuses. Eventually, I ran into so many issues following up with doctors after my second miscarriage that I wound up sterile.
I can no longer biologically bear my own children, and that concept doesn't hurt me. I love the world, and as over-populated as we are, I have found many things to love; such as the amazing people in Skid Row, my friends, family, etc. The need to biologically have kids isn't inherent, as the status-quo wants you to believe.
A more recent display of the encouragement of abundant births by not just a single woman but in general comes with the history of slavery. Masters encouraged their females slaves to have more children in order to have more slaves.
In short, although I have a personal history with the consequences of lack of proper healthcare, this is the one thing I am willing to be biased on. Beyond my own personal needs, proper healthcare is SO important to ALL. Already general health care isn't provided, but then we stumble upon reproduction-related healthcare and it gets worst.
On April 1st, 2012, a pro-life group attacked and bombed a Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. By general guidelines, that is TERRORISM! DOMESTIC TERRORISM at it's best!! Rick Santorum used the incident as a way to fluff his own campaign (see above: morality = self interest). He used the incident to attack candidate Romney for his past donations to Planned Parenthood.
As an occupier who studies community organizing and non-violent strategies, I shy away from violence. My own opinion is irrelevant. The perennial question always is "But the cops are beating you for peacefully protesting, are you going to react?" My answer is always NO! My motto for political activism is the Salt Satyagraha, aka, the Salt March commenced by Gandhi. Important to the independence of the Indian population, it was an action so innocuous, reaction by oligarchs would display their own greed and their dirty, dirty bones. In short, Gandhi marched to the sea to make his own salt, in response to the raise of the tax on salt by British Monarchy.
Rick Santorum supports domestic terrorism. There's no question. He is a candidate that supports the bombing of a health center that has provided care for women like myself and millions of others around the country. This is a raw display of how one will support even the ugliest things, as long as it's parallel with their own concept of morality.
The worst crimes one can commit are against: Mother, God and Country, in the contemporary world we live in. But I ask you this, what about the crimes committed against the people who can't speak up, such as the women who need that health care, illegal immigrants and more?!
Rick Santorum will support anything as long as it sides with his archaic and SELFISH beliefs and if that isn't enough reason to not vote for ANY candidates than I don't know what is. Regardless of how we personally feel about a Planned Parenthood, which provides more than just 'abortions' as the right would have you think - what makes it ok to bomb an establishment that shares different values as ourselves? Isn't that the excuse we've so often used to kill leaders, commence wars and such?
Again, Rick Santorum supports domestic terrorism and we should not let him forget his choice to use the bombing as a campaign strategy.
- Gia Trimble