Monday, April 28, 2008

Lucinda Marshall on "The Abortion Conversation We Should Be Having"

Lucinda Marshall writes on AlterNet: Storyimage_thumb_32051032_120907123                                                                                                    

Abortion is not an isolated issue of choice, but part of a complex set of issues that reproductive rights advocates need to address holistically.

Far too often, I have the nagging feeling that we're having the wrong discussion. About what? Pretty much darned near everything but none more so than the endless pro-life vs. pro-choice debate.

During a recent community conversation in Louisville, KY, Loretta Ross, the National Coordinator of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective offered what I think is a far more productive framework for discussing the abortion issue. Ross posits that abortion is only part of the issue of reproductive health and rights, which she points out include not only the right not to have a child but also the right to have a child.

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