What Nursing Mother said
I agree to chill out for a while.
In defense of myself, however, when I read something that I don't agree with about something that is important to me, I feel like I need to speak up. This is what I have been doing during this whole discussion. I don't feel like I have been ganging up on anyone. I think that would have taken some behind the scenes planning by a few of us who see eye to eye, and that certainly hasn't been happening. I've just been saying things like I see them. If I have said anything in a personal manner that has hurt anyone's feelings, I am sorry. I have been making an effort to discuss issues and not people.
I have actually agreed with some things the "pro-lifers" have said and disagreed with a few various things the "pro-choicers" have said, and therefore feel very much like my own individual self, arguing what I believe. Just as an example, I think a few people who are now behind choice have said that they feel that if the problems of the world were solved, then they would be behind outlawing abortion. I personally disagree. And I think that if we look at what everyone is saying, we will see that many people see things differently here. I also think that we've found some common ground even between those of us who see things at their most extreme. In my opinion this makes it pretty evident that noone is ganging up on anyone.
I have been in what felt like the minority in discussions about abortion, and I know it can be an uncomfortable place to be, and I have to say I admire those of you who have stayed in this discussion and argued your beliefs. It takes guts.
And I have learned something from you. Those who want abortion banned can not be generalized, just as those who want to keep abortion legal cannot be generalized. You have all come to your beliefs through different routes and for different reasons and many of you (obviously those of you here) are mothers, sisters, friends, etc., just like that ad stated about women who have had abortions. So you've opened my mind. Thank you.
BTW, I am putting "pro-life" and "pro-choice" both in quotes because I am not comfortable with the first term but know others would prefer I use it but if I just put that in quotes and not "pro-choice, it might still offend.
Okay, now I will chill out.