Why? Because as my friend pointed out tonight, both sides have gotten so ugly. And she's right.
If I post on my blog or on Facebook that I am pro-life and/or in favor of North Dakota's decision, I am both a hero and a villian. Some of my friends and family will agree with me and maybe even applaud me for speaking my viewpoint. Others will disagree and probably accuse me of being ill-informed or even hateful.
I mean, honestly, why can't we all just get along? You're not going to change my mind, I'm not going to change yours. I respect your opinions and beliefs. And I like you as much as I like someone who agrees with me. I don't call you names and I don't think you're stupid. I'm glad you have your opinion and I'm glad I have mine. If you want to post it all over Facebook, go for it. I'm not offended.
Now I want to put this idea out there for all of you, pro-life and pro-choice to mull over: is this empowering to women when both sides are screaming "You're wrong" in every woman's face? Is it honoring God?
So whether you're rejoicing or raging tonight, remember someone else is feeling the other emotion and she has as much right to her opinion and her emotions as you do. With rights come the responsibility to be respectful.
As of tonight, I am changing my stance on the issue. I am no longer pro-life nor pro-choice. I am pro-respect. Won't you join me?