I was minding my own business on one Washington, DC street when one woman rushed to me from my right side and another from my left. I was puzzled and slightly alarmed as I could see that they were on serious missions. “Right Lady” told me that not all hope was lost and that she could help me if I just went with her. “Left Lady” said it was my body so it was my choice to do whatever I wanted and she could help me if only I went with her. I was not going to go off with either stranger and be a willing participant in my own kidnapping! I promptly ignored them.
I did not understand what was going as they were talking at the same time. The next time I ignored them again but turned left to see what choice was mine according to Left Lady. You guessed it – an organization that helped people with pregnancy related issues. In this case, it was Planned Parenthood. I was surprised that Planned Parenthood encouraged abortion. It was not because abortion is wrong, good, illegal or legal but because when I first heard about it several years ago in Zambia, it was sold to me as an organization that promoted family planning and responsible actions in youths. Abortion was not mentioned (maybe because it is illegal in Zambia except in some instances).
The two women pressured me to make a choice even though I was not in the family way. One time I saw a woman who was about seven months pregnant being accosted and she looked very scared and extremely confused. She stood frozen in one spot for a couple of minutes before going with Left Lady to Planned Parenthood. I felt bad that she had to make a very serious decision when she was in an apparently vulnerable position.
My body, my choice. If I was expecting and needed to make a decision on whether I want to keep or terminate the pregnancy, I would certainly would not want to be almost ambushed on a city street. It is my body and therefore, my choice, so please do not harass me in the street. Maybe those two opposing organizations should be banned from accosting people in the street and only wait for clients in their own offices. My experience was quite unpleasant to say the least.
My body, my choice, so leave me alone! Don’t force me to go with you anywhere. I will come to you if I need you (which I will not be doing).