Okay, righties. You’ve got me.
I don’t personally know any young women who have had difficulty accessing abortion in NZ.
I don’t actually know any young women who don’t know about contraception and how to get on the Pill or other forms of contraception.
I don’t know any women who wouldn’t put their foot down about practising safe sex with their partners.
This may, of course, all have something to do with having been raised in a white, middle-class family, in “safe” “well-off” (i.e. white, middle-class) neighbourhoods in Auckland. Or attending a semi-private school which offered comprehensive sex ed. Or avoiding the classic student-flat living experience at uni. Or selecting – and being able to select – a group of likewise knowledgeable, privileged friends. Or any other number of factors in my white, heterosexual, middle-class, liberal-democracy, privileged upbringing.
I suspect, given your oft-stated opinions, you are much the same as me.
The difference between us is that I don’t pretend that everyone else had the same advantages as me; and I don’t tell myself that the only reason those others lack my privilege is because they’re stupid.
I just have one request: the next time you want to shit all over beneficiaries and talk about “lifestyle choices”, just try to imagine not having your education, your wealth, your family, your edgy blase cynicism, and being a scared, pregnant teenager, maybe in a small town, maybe a victim of sexual abuse, maybe certain only of your faith in God and belief that life begins at conception. Try to have a little fucking empathy for someone who did not only not get dealt your royal flush of life but didn’t even get any fucking cards.
And then tell me, even if you still can’t summon up some basic fucking humanity, why that woman’s child should grow up poor and hungry in order to punish her.