I want to live in a world where there is equal respect and opportunities for everyone. As i was driving home from a doctors appointment today, I saw a man with a sign reading “Babies are killed here [.com]”. He was standing on the same corner where all the anti abortion protesters gather. I do not advocate abortion, it should never be used as a method of birth control and should not be abused. However, there are many times where the procedure is perfectly appropriate. I got pregnant when I was seventeen. It was unplanned (obviously). I was on birth control, but it failed to work. I was not being irresponsible. My boyfriend (who I have been with for over a year now) was not being irresposible. Shit happens. But I was not about to have a baby at seventeen. Now, I would have a two month old child to care for. I work at a crappy minimum wage job, I go to school full time, I live with my parents, and I drive a two seater convertable. This is not an environment to raise a child, seeing as I am still a child myself. I smoke weed (erryday), and although I support the full legalization for the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, I would never raise a child in the presence of such a substance. In utero, it would affect the growth of the fetus, resulting in possible low birth weigh or heart and lung defects. I did not want to give up my youth yet. We have the right to freedom of speech, but we should not be able to dictate what we do with our bodies. Is it fair that a woman can have breast implants but cannot rid herself of an unwanted pregnancy? When considering my options before i had my abortion, I was speaking with my doctor. She told me that, having been raised in a stong catholic household, her family disowned her becuase she had an abortion. The fact of the matter was, however, that she had an actopic pregnancy- one that, if she had not had it removed, she would have died, indefinately. Is this matter really worth the life of an individual with a family and a career over a cluster of cells that resemble a glob more than a person? one may say a fetus is an individual, as well, but would you rather lose two people, or just one, who has no brain, no brain function, no lungs, no hair, nothing, just some genetic material and cytoplasm. In this case, by not allowing the abortion to take place, the woman would have died, and who would be the murderer now? In another case, would you not allow a woman who was raped to rid herself of an unwanted child? And for those who are pro life, I ask you this- would you rather have an extra unwanted child roaming this planet? Where would it go? To the overflowing orphanages filled with abandoned children? To a household in which his or her basic needs cannot be met, alllowing the child to be malnurished? What kind of person would want that for any child?
Another issue I feel is not so important, but still a problem in our nation is marijuana usage. I have smoked marijunana almost every day of my life for the past three years. I have a job (how else would I be able to afford a commodity that, ounce for ounce, is worth more than gold), I am going to college full time with a major in nursing (and i have almost a 4.0 GPA), I care for my puppy and boyfriend, and have a clean criminal record. I am an outstanding citizen, with the exception that I smoke pot. Our society glorifies the consumption of alcohol, which, annually kills thousands of people, from alcohol overdose, car crashes resulting from driving under the infulence, and liver failiure, to name just a few. Guess how many people have EVER died from marijuana consumption? A massive… zero. You would have to smoke almost 5,000 joints in twenty minutes to O.D. on weed. Anyone that has ever smoked knows that it is downright impossible to smoke that much in that short of a time. And as far as driving under the infulence, the worst thing I have ever done was stopping at a green light- I got honked at and then no one was hurt. My grades in school have actually improved since I started smoking, my homework is more interesting and taking notes in lecture has never been more entertaining. One thing I want to state is that I do not believe marijuana is a gateway drug by any means and I do not believe any other drug (i.e. cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, acid, etc.) should be legalized. They are dangerous and can cause organ failure, delerium, brain damage, and death. That being said, an old friend of mine used to smoke meth. She hated smoking weed- it didn’t mix well with the meth. She almost died from smokign so much meth. After being hospitalized, she began smoking weed with me, she said she never felt better in her life. She claims it helped her to quit her drug abuse problem, and now she is finishing her education (she dropped out of school in 7th grade) and works part time. The only down side to marijuana use? Munchies, getting sleepy, and (for me) stuttering and difficulty articulating. And those are some medical uses as well. My boyfriend has always had diffiulties sleeping. He used to take melatonin- a hormone in the body that is artificially maufactured to help the patient fall asleep. Side affects include excessive drowsiness for up to 24 hours after taking a dose, difficulty operating vehicles, nausea, lightheadedness, and others. Now, we smoke before bed, and he falls asleep like a baby, and it is adorbale. I would mcuh rather see him cuddled up next to me half asleep than rolling around restlessly because it is 5 AM and he is still awake. Also, marijuana is all natural, unlike many other sleep aids. Another case of marijuana being useful is this- a former patient at my hospital. He had tumors in his lungs and around his heart- supposedly caused by smoking spice- an over the counter imitation marijunana that supposedly gives the same effect as smoking weed, but without the THC (tetrahydracannabinol)- the active ingredient in weed. Stupid teenagers use it when they are on probabtion because they got caught smoking weed. Anyway, this guy had two months to live. He was going through chemotherapy and could not eat. He asked me to make him a batch of pot brownies. After delievering the batch, he could not have thanked me enough. Afterwards, I bought him some bud and a pipe with which he smoked in the bathroom in his hospital room- he thanked me for making him feel so much better in his final days. I could not believe that no one in the hospital would help this poor man, he was so sweet. I wish I could have known him under different circumstances. But only the good die young, right?
These are only two issues in our world today we have to deal with. Who is to tell me what I can and cannot do to my body? Things like these make me want to live alone in the desert, away from society. But I am sure that they would manage to find me and tell me I cant grow my weed in the sand for some bull shit reason like it damages the native cacti. My response? I built my whole house from hemp, I power it from hemp, I eat hemp (it is a nutritionally dense sourse of high quality protein) for breakfast. I am not hurting anyone, so dont hurt me. I just want to not be on 16 & Pregnant and just smoke my mary jane in peace.