This week I am going to finally do my series of posts about the issues that were in my survey from two weeks ago. The survey is closed, so if you do not know the topics, you will just have to be surprised each day.
Question number one was: What is the “She’s Right” view on abortion?
Answer choices were: She opposes abortion; she supports the right to choose abortion; she thinks abortion should be illegal; she thinks abortion should remain legal; she thinks education and outreach is the key to reducing/eliminating abortion; she supports parental notification. More than one answer could be chosen.
First, parental notification, in my view, is not about abortion, it is about protecting parents’ rights. Seven people rightly said that I support parental notification. You can read more about that on this post from last Wednesday, mostly in the comments of that post.
Now I will address the rest of the questions. Five people said I oppose abortion. Those five people are correct. I think that abortion is tantamount to murder. Not just because I am a right-wing Christian fundamentalist, either. I have ALWAYS thought that. I thought it when I was an atheist; I though that when I was an agnostic; I thought that when I was a Taoist; I thought that when I was a Pagan. I have never thought otherwise.
Two people said I support the right to choose abortion. I do not think abortion is a Constitutional right. I even had a class at UVM, where I minored in Political Science, where we learned about all of the cases leading up to and including Roe v. Wade, so I am not as ignorant as at least half of you are itching to call me in the comments section right this very moment.
It is not any kind of invasion of privacy to outlaw a medical practice when that medical practice involves willfully taking the life of another human being, or human being-to-be.
One person said that I think abortion should be illegal. Despite my two answers above, this person is actually wrong. Though I do not think it is a “right,” I think at this point it would be disastrous for our society to outlaw abortion right now.
Today we have two generations of women for whom abortion has never been illegal. Not only that, but these women were in many ways raised, by either their parents or by society, or both, to just take it as a given that if they were to become pregnant before they wanted, they would just have an abortion, as if it is as easy and inconsequential as having their nails done.
To go from that mind-set to a situation where abortion is no longer an option would have dire consequences, which makes the four people who said I think abortion should remain legal correct.
As five people correctly answered, I think that education and outreach are the keys to reducing or eliminating abortion. That really goes for many of societies problems.
I wish that the amount of money that is spent on lobbyists that fight for the legislative ways to stop abortion could be spent on educating pregnant women as to their options, supporting them throughout their choices to keep their babies or put them up for adoption and, of course, educating women before they get pregnant.
My much younger sister always assumed she would just have an abortion if she ever got pregnant, until my mother explained to her in detail what an abortion involves. Now she takes super careful precautions to not get pregnant to begin with. Kind of makes me wonder how many other women could be prevented from aborting an unwanted pregnancy if only they had the facts before they got pregnant in the first place.
It’s a sorry state when the word abortion is tossed around so much that most women never stop to think about what it really means. So much careful attention is paid to the wording of language used when talking about “the right to control our own bodies and our own healthcare decisions,” that people conveniently forget what actually happens during “the procedure.”
Another sorry state is that so-called “women’s groups” are so caught up in protecting a woman’s right to have an abortion, that they have little-to-no interest in helping prevent women from getting into situations where they feel that they have to undergo a procedure that often leaves them emotionally scared for the rest of their lives.
It is a sad commentary on our society when over one million babies a year, and almost as many women, are sacrificed to the political agendas of two opposing groups battling over a 30-year-old court decision. If we could just drop the fight to make abortion illegal and work on educating more women about pregnancy prevention and the reality of abortion, and reverse this trend of raising young women to view abortion as the only right choice when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, I think we would accomplish so much more.