I’m sure I’m going to annoy a few people with this post, but I think it needs to be said. Making abortion illegal is like making guns illegal. It isn’t going to go away, it’s just going to make more criminals.
Before abortion was legalized in the US it still happened. Legalizing abortion didn’t make it happen more frequently, it made it less likely for the woman getting an abortion to die.
Here’s the truth about abortion, it has existed since the beginning of civilization. And it exists in many forms. For instance, I went to high school with a girl who was hospitalized after she downed a large bottle of whiskey. She was hoping the alcohol would induce a miscarriage. She was sixteen and didn’t want to tell her parents she had gotten pregnant. Someone I went to college with showed up one day with a cast on their lower leg and she wouldn’t tell anyone how she broke it, I later learned she’d jumped off a second story balcony trying to induce a miscarriage because her birth control had failed and her family was not okay with abortion.
Both of these were good kids. Good students. They weren’t the wild kind, they were just people. People with plans for their life and both almost died trying to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy because for them, abortion wasn’t an option.
I have had these conversations with a lot of people because I spent 19 years on clonazepam treating anxiety, a medication you can’t take while pregnant since it causes severe birth defects… But that’s common with almost all mental health medications.
Sex is a part of life. Yes it has consequences, but science has proven that teens have the same traits as sociopaths and one of those is an inability to foresee consequences. I only know a few teens that actually worried that sex would lead to unexpected pregnancies.
As we move closer to outlawing abortions again in the US, I can’t help but think we are headed down the wrong path. We aren’t saving the lives of unborn children, we are risking the lives of young women. We are headed back to the days of coat hanger abortions and dirty illegal surgery offices were butchers who can no longer practice medicine preform the abortions.
And sometimes, worse, risking the lives of mother and baby. Going off mental health medications to have children is a risk. Sometimes, it’s fine, sometimes the mother who is already mentally ill and now being forced to go through something as stressful as an unwanted pregnancy while off medications could lead to suicide attempts or jumping off second story balconies in an attempt to end the pregnancy.
I’m not advocating abortion as a form of birth control, I think women should take precautions if they don’t want a child such as the pill or Depo or uterine ablation, but outlawing abortion based on the actions of a few means punishing everyone. And to some degree we are once again talking about punishing people simply because it doesn’t agree with your belief system.
I’ve always told my pro-life friends that if they don’t believe in abortion, they shouldn’t have one and let everyone else decide for themselves. Because frankly, there is not a one-size-fits all when it comes to beliefs. For instance, I find it ironic that all my pro-life friends are also pro-death penalty. Meaning it is not okay to kill a fetus who hasn’t developed the ability to have a personality, but it is okay to kill a fully developed person simply because for whatever reason, they have committed a crime that qualifies for capital punishment?
But again, beliefs are not one-size-fits-all.