There are thousands, maybe millions of Americans who plan on voting for Trump because they aren’t pro-choice (they say they’re anti-abortion — I will not be using false phrases like “pro-life” here).
You might not believe it, but nearly everyone in the US is already pro-choice! It is the one thing that we can almost unanimously agree upon. Because of this, we know the importance of voting for pro-choice candidates and not voting for Trump or other Republicans whose views don’t align.
Before diving in, a few facts:
- Ninety percent of abortions happen in the first trimester.
- Childbirth is 14 times more likely to kill a woman than a safe and legal abortion.
- Almost 50 percent of women getting abortions reported using birth control as a form of prevention.
We’ll come back to this data throughout. For now, answer the following questions:
- Do you think every person should be required to wear a mask in public and at the store?
- Are you upset about the rates that Black people and Black trans women are disproportionately murdered, often by police?
- Do you think most of the people in prisons deserve to be there?
- Do you think every woman should be forced to have kids?
- Do you think a woman is only a woman if she has kids?
- Do you think the death penalty should be legal?
Do you think every person should be required to wear a mask in public and at the store?
If you said yes then you understand the importance of public health. Giving women the same bodily autonomy as men and all people is right, equitable, and contributes positively to public health. You are pro-choice.
If you said no then you believe people can’t tell you or others what to do with your/their body. You are also pro-choice.
Are you upset about the rates that Black people and Black trans women are disproportionately murdered, often by police?
If you said yes then you recognize that people who are currently living, alive and functioning outside a womb are sacred. Their lives are sacred and deserve protection. You wouldn’t vote in a way that threatens their life.
You wouldn’t vote for candidates that condemn “looters” but not the actual murderers or whose policies seek to punish Black folx and Trans folx and/or make their lives unsafe. You wouldn’t vote for a president who called white supremacists “very fine people.” You would vote pro-choice.
If you said no then you apparently think it’s OK for people to be murdered. You’re also a racist who has a lot of self-learning to undergo. By your logic, if people can be murdered then so can a fetus. You are pro-choice.
Do you think most of the people in prisons deserve to be there?
If you said yes then keep in mind that in California, women were sterilized in prisons against their will. If you think this is wrong, then you believe women should get a choice as to what they want to do with their bodies. You are pro-choice.
If you said yes because the “punishment fits the crime,” then you think Tanya McDowell, a Black woman who, while homeless, put down her friend’s address on a school form for her son’s enrollment deserved to be sentenced to 5 years in prison.
You must then think that Trump deserves a lifetime in prison for using “taxpayer-funded military aid to bribe a foreign government to help his reelection” (USA Today). You’d at least think he deserves the same 5 years as Tanya McDowell for each of his lies, including things such as saying that he won the popular vote, Obama wasn’t born in the US, a child gets autism from a vaccine, and pretty much two-thirds of everything else that comes out of his mouth.
Knowing that you believe the punishment fits the crime, you would not vote for a criminal. In the presidential election, you would vote for a pro-choice candidate.
If you answered no to the question then you recognize the massive disparities that affect Black people vs. white people. You wouldn’t jeopardize the freedom and lives of Black Americans by voting anti-abortion. You would ultimately vote pro-choice.
Do you think every woman should be forced to have kids?
If you said yes, then you think women should be forced to have kids even when they die in childbirth (remember, a safe and legal abortion is 14 times less dangerous). You apparently think it’s OK for women to die so therefore you think a fetus can be aborted. You are pro-choice.
If you said no then you recognize that women should get to choose whether or not they want to have kids. You are pro-choice.
Do you think a woman is only a woman if she has and gives birth to kids?
If you said yes then that means you would tell women who haven’t given birth due to miscarriages that they aren’t women. You would tell a woman with fertility problems that she isn’t actually a woman. You would tell a Trans woman she isn’t a woman. You would tell a woman who doesn’t want to have children that she isn’t a woman. You would tell a mom of adopted children that she isn’t actually a woman.
If you wouldn’t do any of those things, then you do not actually believe that women are only women if they have kids. Proceed to no.
Since you said no you recognize that women are women regardless of their choice to become a mother. You recognize that becoming a mother is and should be a choice. You are pro-choice.
Do you think the death penalty should be legal?
If you said yes then you believe we get to decide who lives and dies. Ninety percent of abortions happen in the first trimester when a fetus is not a full-fledged person. If you believe a full-fledged adult should be killed then you believe a fetus, a collection of cells, is allowed to be terminated. You are pro-choice.
If you said no then you don’t think it’s up to us to decide who lives and dies. But don’t think this automatically means you care about human life.
If you vote for Trump, who has shown complete disregard for immigrants, children, Mexicans, Muslims, Black people, Asians, women, queer folx, veterans, the middle class, the working class and even his own Republican party, then you do not care about human life.
If you truly care about human life, then you cannot vote for Trump. If you truly care about human life, you are pro-choice.