It seems like the argument I always hear FOR abortion is that no woman should be forced to carry a baby as a result of rape or incest and no woman should be forced to carry a child at peril to her own life. I agree with both those statements. But perhaps you will be as shocked as I was to learn that MORE THAN 95% of abortions performed in the US (in 2004) were NOT medically necessary for the health of the mother and NOT administered to victims of incest or rape.
Do most Americans really think that abortion is an acceptable form of birth control? Or did most Americans believe that, when they were voting for abortion, they were protecting the victims of rape, incest and medical emergencies? I think the latter. And yet, clearly, that is not how the right to an abortion is being used.
I recently heard a great analogy on the topic of abortion, specifically on the viability of early term babies. Let’s say there is a building downtown that I want to demolish. I don’t know for sure if anyone is in there. I think probably not, but it’s possible that there is someone alive inside. Would it be OK for me to begin demolition? No? But there’s probably no one in there. I own the building. It is a nuisance. I’m not sure if I can take care of it and I really want it gone. Would it be OK for me to do that? No. Of course not. To me, it seems like it is the same with abortion. I think that most people who spout the “tolerant” mantra that “it is a woman’s choice” have not really taken the time to think about what they are saying. As a society, we are granting ourselves very lofty liberties. More so than I think we realize.
Of course I think it should be a woman’s choice when she wants to have a baby. However, we are not in the dark ages anymore. It is no longer illegal to educate women on the physiological workings of their reproductive organs—we jumped that hurtle a hundred years ago! Women are not oppressed and treated as objects in our society. Contraceptives—in various forms—are widely available, even for the poor.
It is my firm belief that we have no grounds for the mentality that a woman has a right to an abortion as a form of birth control. A woman can choose how and when to be sexually active. That is her right. A woman can choose how and when to use contraceptives. That is her right. Terminating the life of another human being however, is not a question of women’s rights.