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Motherhood and the Pro-Choice Movement

July 24, 2013

In Sarah Erdreich’s recent Huffington Post blog, ‘Pro- Choice Mother’ is Not an Oxymoron, Erdreich openly opposes SarahErdreichphotothe commonly agreed upon belief that being pro-choice and a mother are incompatible.

Erdreich declares that she was pro- choice before becoming a mother, and remains pro-choice after her daughter was born. Erdreich states that reproductive choice and deciding when to become a parent don’t necessarily go hand in hand with abortion however, in her opinion, if a woman feels that it’s the right time for her to become a parent, she should; if she feels that it’s not the right time, then she should have her reproductive rights of choosing another option (such as contraception, adoption and abortion).

“I absolutely cannot imagine ever telling another woman what she should and shouldn’t be allowed to do with her body, what choices she should and shouldn’t be allowed to make. And I cannot comprehend the arrogance of anyone that would try to do so.”

Erdreich goes on to explain her belief in reproductive rights as defining it as the right to affordable birth control so that pregnancy can be delayed until the mother is ready. Erdreich admits that there are mothers who decide to have children in circumstances she considers far from ideal but what matters, she concludes, is that “ those women decided the time was right for them.”

Sarah Erdreich is the author of Generation Roe, a study on the past, current and future state of the pro-choice movement in America.

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