Dear Brad Trost,
I am pro-choice. Ironically, because I am pro-choice, I accept your right to your anti-abortion beliefs.
To be clear, I do not share your beliefs. But I don’t have to. I’m pro-choice. I support and advocate a person’s right to agency over their body…and belief system. Yes, the complex reality of that simply stated ideal could inspire of life time of blog posts, but that’s the nuts and bolts of it. At the end of the day, I believe people’s minds and bodies are their own to do with what they want. Even you, Brad Trost. Even though our ethics put us on opposite sides of the abortion issue, I don’t really have a problem with that.
I do, however, have a problem with your description of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. In a recent interview with the CBC you said, “One of the elements central to [IPPF]s identity is the support and promotion of abortion around the world.”
Um, excuse me…no.
I work for a PP. Obviously I’m biased. I’m also well aware of what the organization does supports and promotes. In IPPF’s Statement of Belief, the organization supports the following:
- the recognition of sexual and reproductive rights as human rights
- encouraging people – women in particular – to take control of their reproductive lives
- gender equality and the elimination of gender bias
Choice. Not abortion…choice! Those two words are not synonymous. IPPF and its affliates do not promote abortion. Planned Parenthood promotes an individual’s right to make informed choices about their sexual/reproductive health and well-being. Sometimes that includes providing information about/access to safe abortion. It also includes parenting resources/support, referrals and information about adoption. Despite the name, much of PPs work extends beyond pregnancy to include safer sex practices, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, youth outreach, relationship support, queer-inclusiveness…even abstinence.
Brad Trost, you’re a member of parliament. And though we may vehemently disagree, I believe that you’re an intelligent man. You don’t have to like abortion. While I stand for a person’s right to safe, legal abortion if that’s their choice, perhaps you feel bound to fight against it. Fine. But pro-choice is not pro-abortion. Respecting a person’s decision to have an abortion is not the same thing as promoting it.
Fight it if you have to…just have the integrity to fight fair.