To me means just that.
Planning a family means planning when to have children, presumably preferably when you are solvent and can provide a happy and loving home.
Family planning means using contraception, which, shock horror, rumour reliably informs me that even Catholics indulge in. Or family planning means not having sex at all.
Family planning also means making sure you do not have children when you don’t plan to. For whatever reason. Money. Health. Personal and family relationships not working out.
Being born into a dysfunctional family is no fun. Or being born into one where you are not wanted. My aunt always proclaimed that my cousin had been a mistake.
I may have been born into a dysfunctional family but at least I was very much wanted.
When I went to university the thought of getting pregnant absolutely horrified me. It would have destroyed my degree, my career, my future life. Or maybe not. But without a doubt if I had become pregnant I would have had an abortion. Without a second thought.
I don’t consider an inseminated seed to be a person. I don’t consider a foetus to be a person. And, my life comes first. My body is mine, and no-one else’s to determine. Every other woman in the world should have the right to do what they want with their body. They don’t. Who tells men what to do with theirs? Well? Does anyone?
So, abortion is also a part of family planning. The part that we all hope to avoid, but that needs to be there for a stop gap. Whatever the reason for that stop gap is. And instead of criticising that service, maybe people should consider how to help the people who sadly need that service in the first place and work out how to help them instead of bleating on about unborn foetuses.
Because I don’t seek to impose my view on anyone else. I would very much like the world to be vegetarian, feminist, environmentalist, anti-capitalist/globalist, etc etc but it ain’t. And I don’t tell you what to do. So please, leave women to decide what they want to do with their own bodies. Thank you.
And why the USA government proposed a shutdown over family planning is beyond me. Or is it?
With which, I expect to lose, even more internet friends 🙂