Redneck Mother, in a brilliant post, details her six pregnancies, including four miscarriages. (When she isn't blogging, she is busy "raising lettuce, children and hell in Texas.") She argues:
I think about all this in the context of pharmacists presuming to tell women whether they can prevent a pregnancy or not, of legislators trying to ban "unauthorized reproduction," of Sam Alito and all the other conservatives who want women to answer to men about what's going on in their own bodies. And I say this: You have no idea what you're trying to control, no right to do it and no way to do it to your misguided satisfaction anyway because women are not machines and reproduction is not an industrial process. Pregnancy is unpredictable, carries infinitely variable risks, and is so private that it is in many ways a closed book even to the woman herself. If she and her obstetrical team can't shoehorn it into neat, predictable processes, why do you presume you can? No one has the right or authority to compel any woman to go through what I chose for myself, and no one has the right to judge any woman for choosing not to do so.
As I have confessed to Zan in a prior comments thread, I am not a hundred percent certain when I think the line should be drawn on abortion. I don't know whether Roe drew the line in the right place. But I do support EC, RU48, contraception, and early abortion, and Redneck Mother's observations help illustrate why: pregnancy clearly takes a toll in and of itself apart from the obligation to care for a child and I have no right to dictate that other women undergo this process involuntarily.