I would love to end abortion — at least the kind of abortion that everyone thinks of when they say “abortion.” You know, able-bodied woman conceives, probably from some torrid affair or in the back seat of a car, finds herself pregnant and doesn’t want to keep it. You know, abortion as a form of birth control.
Ending abortion doesn’t start with protests outside of clinics, it definitely doesn’t start with bombings, it doesn’t start with sappy TV commercials and billboards, it starts with education.
If you educate about sex and birth control and babies you lay a foundation of informed choices going forward.There is so much misinformation even now about sex and pregnancy.
A couple of things that drive me crazy off the top of my head:
Plan B: Plan B and other forms of emergency contraception DO NOT cause abortions. What these pills do is send a giant dose of hormones to your body telling it not to ovulate. If you are already pregnant, it will not hurt the baby in the slightest. There is some question about the thickening of the uterine lining and not allowing fertilized eggs to implant, but this can happen naturally, without the use of hormones.
Conception: More or less all pro-lifers love to say that life begins at conception, which is great, but many people, even doctors, don’t know exactly when conception happens. This is because sperm can live in the uterus for up to a week, just swimming around, doing their thing. They’re waiting for an egg to drop, which remains viable for a day or two before dying. While we can track ejaculation and we can track ovulation, without implanting cameras in everyone’s uterus, it’s really hard to know exactly when the two meet. It’s not like, sex, bam! you’re pregnant!
Choose life, your mother did: I hate this saying! It’s assuming that no one wants babies, but they find themselves pregnant and just decide to keep it. It’s really cute, but totally trivializes the decision to become a parent. It assumes everyone who has ever gotten pregnant was sitting in an abortion clinic waiting room at one point and walked out of there still knocked up. Because nobody likes babies. Nope, not at all. It’s not like they’re cute and lovable and challenging and rewarding and amazing and a giant mess but totally worth it in the end. It’s not like motherhood has ever been the end-all be-all of womanhood or anything. Nope. No one has ever wanted to get pregnant ever. But they all chose life. Because their mother did.
Before we start judging, lets learn a thing or two about the female body, about pregnancy, and about babies. The more we know, the more we can prevent unwanted pregnancies and the more ready, willing and able parents we will have.