jen_cd_profile.jpgIn every society, there are two critical lists: acceptable conditions for having a baby, and acceptable conditions for having sex… It was only with the widespread acceptance of contraception in the middle of the 20th century, creating an upheaval in the public psyche in which sex and babies no longer went hand-in-hand, that the two lists began to diverge….?  ?
I thought of the several friends whom I’d helped procure abortions…. They had followed all of society’s rules, yet still ended up in a gut-wrenching position.
We hated the anti-abortion zealots because we thought they tried to take away women’s freedom; what we didn’t understand is that women’s freedom had already been taken, when society bought the lie that sex is primarily about bonding and pleasure, and that its life-giving potential is tangential and optional.

~Jennifer Fulwiler, former pro-choice atheist, writes about “The Two Lists,” January 28

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