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Pro- Choice was a joke to me,
I learned that when I was young.

I myself was pregnant,
when I heard that word, it stung.

I was seventeen, a reckless young girl,
who with the love of my life, thought I could take the world.

But I was wrong, as I soon found out,
I had no idea, what life was really about.

There was suddenly this pain coursing through my stomach,
this thing was inside of me, and at first I didn't want it.

I talked to my 'boy friend', the one who I thought loved me,
but he left when he found out, he found another woman to cling.

I was all by myself with this leech in my system,
but I still didn't want it, can't they see that I’m the victim?

My parents understood, as well as my friends,
So I would get an abortion, no guilt I felt then.

The abortion clinic was small, it felt rather nice,
though the AC blew, it made me as cold as ice.

I scheduled an appointment, for the same time next week
I left the clinic, feeling a heavy weight upon my feet.

I went to the park just to stop and be alone,
then I saw a little boy, throwing his dog a bone.

He had the brightest blue eyes, the shone like the sun
I wondered if my child would be as cute as that one.

I later made a choice, before the week was up,
that I would keep the thing inside of me, it was my fault I fucked.

Yes, it was my fault as much as it was his,
but he wasn't there, so blaming him was pointless.

I knew the risk of having a child at a young age,
but this was a chance I felt I couldn't toss away.

I told mother and father that I planned to support myself,
that I would keep the child, with or without their help.

I told my friends as well, but the judged me too,
as did my parents, they disagreed with the news.

People started to hate me, they called me a slut,
they said I slept around, that I loved to get fucked.

The baby started to show, and things went to hell,
my mother and father hated me, in silence I could tell.

Teachers and staff ignored me, I think they called me dumb,
the hatred was painful, but it only had begun.

I wanted to keep the child, it was my choice was it not?
So why did they force me, to get that lethal painful shot?

I was Pro-choice, because I wanted to keep that life,
but they told me to kill it, they told me it was my right.

The abortion was successful and things went back to normal,
people were my friends again, we were casual not formal.

My dad went back to calling me his special little girl,
my mom still joked how I thought I ruled the world.

I was Pro-Choice, because I thought I had my own mind,
that I could control the life, that was growing from the inside.

But I guess I was wrong, because I’ve seen the hate.
When you decide to choose life, when you pick your own fate.

I’d like to really thank everyone for the feedback, especially those who voiced their opinions, but in a respectable way! I had no idea this would be a Daily Devation, but I am so happy!

Let me just clarify I few things.

    1.       The girl mentioned in the poem is not me, nor is the scenario one I have experienced. However, things like this happen all the time. A girl is forced into an abortion and I wanted to bring that to light.

    2.       I am not Pro-Choice. I am strongly against abortion.

    3.       I am a woman, before you call me out for being sexist.

Thanks again everyone! 

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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-08-26
Pro-Choice by Yamiga takes a different approach on the popular abortion topic.  It's not often we hear the stories of women forced into abortion by those they should be able to trust in having their back. ( Suggested by bryosgirl and Featured by GrimFace242 )
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Raja-Ulat Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
My deepest condolences to anyone who has to suffer this horror...
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artielovie Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
This is beautiful.. It's bringing me to tears. 😭🙌👏👏👏 I completly agree with every word. For some strange reason, they call it pro choice, but when u choose to let the baby live, automatically your pro life. Prolife isn't a bad thing, it's just not the "norm" of society. And it annoys me to no ends! Love the poem!
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GlaringFeline Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am heavily pro-choice but I see where you're coming from with this. Nobody should be forced into an abortion. Getting one or not is that person's business and their alone.
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DragonOfEvil Featured By Owner Edited Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm pro-choice.
If I was parent (which won't happen) I would give my child the choice to either abort or adopt. Because in my mind a teenage girl has no business raising a child. I'd want my daughter to focus on school and her social life and enjoy her young life, and not spend it stressing out over a child and ending up dropping out of school and no longer having the time to be with her friends. That's just me though.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Writer
There's always adoption. She wouldn't have to take care of the baby. 
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DragonOfEvil Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Did I not say I would give her the choice to adopt? Please read my comment again. Most that is why I wouldn't let her keep it. I wouldn't DARE force or guilt trip her into getting an abortion! That's too cruel! As a parent you should think about what's best for your child and leave your feelings out of it as much as possible. If getting an abortion is the best option for you child (rather its social or health related) then as a good parent you should allow her to get one. I understand that your pro-life, But if she doesn't want to give birth to it, it would only be cruel for you to force her to birth it against her will. Just to be clear I'm not a parent nor am I in a relationship. I'm not even remotely interested in either of those. I'm just saying that's what I'd do. Please try to understand where I'm coming from.
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Morning-Star-42 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
"As a parent you should think about what's best for your child and leave your feelings out of it as much as possible." I agree. Doesn't it then make sense that if your daughter wants to go out on a limb for a child she has conceived and take care of the baby, keep it and raise it, that a loving parent would support that decision? Parents don't always know the best course of action to take based solely on their own preferences. I can see how a parent would think they are doing the right thing by making their daughter "focus on school and her social life and enjoy her young life," however, whether or not they are actually doing the right thing for that daughter is a question of whether that girl will regret keeping her baby. Maybe she really loves the baby and will want to keep it and raise it. It's worth at least giving her a chance to nurse it and decide with a little time, on her own. A six-month-old baby can't be that much harder to get rid of through adoption than a newborn, if that is indeed the girl's choice.
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Interesting you should call this "Pro-Choice", when you've outlined exactly what Pro-Choice is not.

I'd go so far as to label her friends and family who disapproved of her pregnancy as "Anti-Choice", because they falsely believe their opinions override the wishes of a "slut". Yes, it was her choice to have sex, and it was also her choice to keep the baby. That is "Pro-Choice"; choosing what you think is best for you personally (and your baby), despite the scorn you may face from others.

And let me just finish by saying this is a well-written piece with compelling (albeit depressing) subject matter, and that I think it's very deserving of the DD :clap:
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Writer
In the end, she did have the choice, whether or not to get the abortion or not. So it was, in fact her choice. But I do see where you are coming from, I just believe that she allowed the scorn from others to craft her choice.

Thank you so much for your comments and feed back! 
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She never had to get the abortion, in the end, it was her choice to get it. There were places that could help her if she reached out, but in the end, so in the end, it was all about her choice, no matter how she wanted to look at it. 
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grievousfan Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I would hardly say she had a choice in this scenario. She was pressured into making the "choice" to get an abortion, because her friends and family were treating her like a criminal for wanting to keep the baby. Even if she had gone to seek help, it clearly wouldn't have changed her family and friends' opinions of her.

Making a choice of your own free will and being pressured into that "choice" are two very different things :I
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anivaangel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Great poem. Forced abortions are far too common. People need to know the truth and this poem shows that. Thank you.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! And you're welcome! 
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WintersRead Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Photographer
I support this view.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! 
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! 
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks!
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Kylfthean Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
Cleverly written
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you!
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MidnightKat1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not pro-choice either, because you made the choice when you had sex. However, what pro-choice people will get on about is if the woman was raped and when it comes to that well I'm not really sure, i still believe the child did nothing wrong and if you don't want to keep it yourself then you can give it up for adoption. 
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Writer
I agree completely. Adoption is always an option. 
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ssensory Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   Writer
Even though people choose to have sex doesn't mean that they're fit to be a parent or go through with a pregnancy. 
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Morning-Star-42 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Choosing to have sex _is_ choosing to be a parent. Pregnancy is the main biological goal and function of sex. 
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ssensory Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014   Writer
No, it's not. Often times people use sex for pleasure purposes, not children. That's true though—pregnancy is the main biological goal of sex. 
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MidnightKat1 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree not everyone is fit to be a parent but there are a lot of people who want to be and they can adopt the child. Although I am ignorant to the adoption process so I suppose I can't use that as a real leg to stand on. 

And I suppose I should say I vote for life, but at the same time I think people should have their choices.
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ssensory Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   Writer
You didn't touch on "go through with the pregnancy", haha. I'm not meaning because they simply don't want to—but if someone does choose abortion because of that, it's not my place to say anything since it's her body—I was mostly referring to medical reasons that would severely defect the baby or potentially kill the mother/baby.

Anyway, I'm mostly ignorant to the adoption/foster process, but from what I've heard from people who have experienced it, they said it's horrible. I've only talked to a handful though, so... 

That's understandable. I think that it's the choice of the mother only. 
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Writer
I see going through the pregnancy as a punishment for being dumb in the first place. 
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ssensory Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014   Writer
So are people dumb for being raped? Not all people who become pregnant have became that way from sexual intercourse. 

I strongly disagree with you, so let's just agree to disagree with that?
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Writer
If you got "people are dumb for being raped", out of what I just said, then I worry for you and the rest of humanity. I am very aware that people who are raped do not want that intercourse, that is a given in society. The poem depicts the "dumbness" I was talking about. I would have thought you to under stand that, but I guess. not. 
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ssensory Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014   Writer
I wasn't sure if you implied it or not. Quite a few people I've come across honestly feel that way—that people are dumb for being raped.

I'm sure you probably think that no matter who is pregnant, they should go through with the pregnancy. That is what I disagree with and which is why I said we should agree to disagree. 
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irwingreylord Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
is it legal for the parents to force an abortion, even if the girl strongly resists it? at 17?
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ssensory Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   Writer
I think it's legal because the young lady would be underage, and she would need her parent(s)'s permission. It's unfortunate if that is legal because it should be the choice of the mother's to do what she thinks is best.
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irwingreylord Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
yeah I totally agree
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KuroStarSunny Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I commend you for being brave enough to voice this. I'm sure you'll get lots of annoying comments but this is your opinion and you should be allowed to say how you feel.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
I already have gotten the annoying comments! But for the most part I've gotten genuine responses, like yours! Thanks! 
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you're both pro-life, but you've written a poem in these circumstances to show what some women have to go through, and it's stupid how people are calling you anti-women. Be prepared for legions of angry feminist, they'll start crawling out of street drains just to get to this poem. 
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FFReunion91 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
I'd be curious to know your thoughts on women who wish to abort after suffering a rape.
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Dartmaul15 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Being pro coice, it's her call in the end. Either decision should be respected imo.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Writer
Then you'd be angry, so I'll keep those to myself. 
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FFReunion91 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Why do you presume that? Not everyone gets angry when others express views and opinions that conflict with their own. Though if you don't want to say then that is okay.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Writer
Well here it goes then. In situations of rape, I am against abortion. I say that because I have two friends and know of someone who is a product of rape. In addition, I used to be friends with this woman who started a website to support women to keep children that were conceived from rape as she had a daughter conceived from rape. Her message to women who aborted was a lot harsher than mine, but I believe in keeping a child even in the case of rape.

Obviously, this is a very negative belief and the majority of people will not agree. But there it is. Not meant to start an argument, it is just what I believe.
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korpen9999 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I share your view man.
I think that under no circumstance is abortion right.
People like to pick and choose which abortions they support. You can't do that. Either you agree with it, or don't.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
Thank you! :D
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FFReunion91 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Thanks for sharing, power to you.
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Student Writer
No problem! 
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Yamiga Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Writer
No problem! 
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JakeRulez17 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
That's the thing about being pro-choice: it is about choice.

It's not saying "kill all da babies!", it's saying "let her decide what she wants to do." For all the various reasons why a woman cannot support a child, economic, healthwise, or whatever, I support their right to decide. However, no woman should be forced into having an abortion if she doesn't want to.

Also, I do respect the rights of everyone who is pro-life. You want babies to be given a chance at life and I completely respect that.

However, it feels like some of them employ a lot of double-standards. They say the developing baby is sacred, deserving of life, and all that, but hardly ever considering the rights or desires of the mother. Sometimes they even slut-shame the mothers after they give birth and yell at them to get a job.

There are thousands of children without families and even without homes in America alone, some in the foster care system and others living on the streets. Do their rights not matter? 

There have even been people who work at clinics who've been murdered by crazy extremists. And some have said that they deserved to die.

The sad part is that people draw up all kinds of hateful myths and rumors about both sides, calling them sexist, murderers, liars, and a lot of other vulgar things. IMO, I think we should make abortion safer and actually give women a chance to choose. If they want to have a baby, then they should. If not, they shouldn't.

It's a very morally gray issue.
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Honestly, you being a woman does not take away the fact I personally believe being anti-choice is anti-women. :shrug:
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