My wife and daughter and I were out to lunch the other day with some young people ranging in age from 15 to 20 or so. The subject of teenage pregnancy came up and my daughter, who is 15 related the story of a girl she used to know but hadn't seen in a few years stopping her in the drug store to say "hi" and that she had a 2 year old kid. One of the little preppy white bread middle class cheerleader types was appalled that such a young girl could have a child. . . she obviously doesn't live in the neighborhood that my wife and daughter live in. . . but then added, "well, at least she had the baby."
Man, it was all I could do to not completely verbally attack and devastate that little superficial thinking, fundamentalist child of priviledge. My wife simply looked at her with disgust and said "did your mother tell you to say that?" We then continued with a civil conversation about options and people having choices.
Where do these fucking middle class white people who have never had to deal with such things get off making judgements like that about people who live entirely different lives from the sheltered existence that they live? Who the fuck does some little twinkie bitch from an all white neighborhood think she is thinking she knows what is best for some pregnant 15 year old black kid living in a run down urban environment, who, unless she gets an education and gets the hell out of there is doomed to live a relatively short and not very fullfilling life. Would an abortion have been a better option for that kid? I don't know, but I know one thing, nobody has the right to pressure her into deciding one way or another if they haven't walked a mile in her shoes. Kids like her need options. They need to have a clear picture of what it will be like with and without having to deal with a child at such a young age. They need people who understand and care about them giving them the total support they need when making decisisons like that, not some fundamentalist Christian spouting some slack jawed proletariat mind numbing religious catch phrase about the evils of abortion. They don't need to deal with some fucked up standard that has been applied to them by a group of rich old white men in legislatures who think they know what is best for everyone when they've never spent a day in their life hungry or fearing for the welfare of their family.
People who live with their noses up in the air and their ears closed have NOTHING to offer me except an example of how not to be and an explanation of why this country is so fucking twisted up and divided. Fuck them and fuck their fucked up insular standards. If the best you can do to help solve the social problems we face in this country is some dumb simplistic ideas based upon christian mythology, just shut the fuck up.