-- there were no more orphanages because there was no longer a need
-- there was no longer a need for social workers or child protective services
-- there were no more instances of rape and incest
-- there was no domestic violence anywhere in the world
-- there was no hunger anywhere in the world
-- every child had a supportive, loving and nurturing family, of whatever gender orientation and diversity
-- education was treated with the same financial respect as the military
-- universal and complete health care was available to all
-- there was no need for any child to grow up in poverty
I would still support a woman's right to determine her own reproductive situation.
I believe women deserve to determine how their uteruses should be used.
I believe that any and all reproductive choices ultimately are a woman's responsibility.
I believe those decisions are between a woman, her doctor, her conscience and any higher power she may hold dear.
I believe the man may be included in the decision-making process, but that is the prerogative of the woman, and there are certain instances when the man absolutely has no say in the matter.
I believe ultimately it is her burden to live with, no matter what decision she makes, and no one can truly know what's going on in her heart.
I have known a woman who had an abortion, a woman who gave up her child for adoption, and I took the other choice, to bear and raise.
I know that with only one or two factors either way, I could have been either of my friends.
I know that all I could ever do for them was love them, hold them when they cried, and let them know that I in no way judged them. It isn't and was never my place or right to do so.
I know beyond doubt that my son knows he is loved and wanted because I had ALL the options and I had to face them, examine them, and then decide.
Because I had the freedom to choose.