Hey, Grrlpunchers. I want to talk about the “A” word – abortion. This is a very touchy subject, so much so that people squirm when the word comes into conversation. Well, squirm no more! The reason abortion is such a difficult topic is because what is constitutional and what is moral can be argued strongly for both sides. Pro-choice thinks it’s a pretty simple call – it’s your body, your life, and therefore should be your decision. It would be morally wrong and unconstitutional to tell a woman what she may or may not do about something that will affect her life immensely. Pro-life says that having an abortion is murder, and it is morally wrong to take an innocent life before it has a chance to live.

Well, pro-lifers, I truly get what you’re saying. I respect it, and I don’t think you’re all woman-hating monsters. However, I personally feel there are far too many situations to say that all abortions are unconstitutional and immoral. By saying that you are pro-life, you are saying that under no circumstance may a woman make the decision to terminate her pregnancy. Victims of rape, incest, and otherwise sexual harassment should not be allowed to abort their unborn child, no matter how this 18 year agreement may affect her economically, socially, and, most importantly, emotionally.

As a woman, I find it shocking that people actually think that this life-changing decision should be made by the government instead of doctors, who actually know their patients, can give their professional opinions, and can discuss other options if there are any. But even doctors should never be allowed to deny a woman an abortion unless it will pose harm to the mother’s long-term physical health.

So, grrls, we must decide where to draw the line between what we believe should be legal and what we think is moral. Does being pro-choice mean you’re pro-abortion? Absolutely not. In fact, many pro-choice activists say that they would never get an abortion themselves, but that women should have the choice to decide whether or not they want a child, and then act on that decision.

I would just like to add that in the very unlikely case that the legalization of abortion is repealed (which would never happen because no pro-life argument has not been brought up in court at this point, and abortion is still legal…also, fetus development research is only sending more arguments favoring the pro-choice side and not pro-life), abortion will not stop. Back room abortions will start happening again, which will only kill or otherwise harm both the unborn and the mother.

Now, I would like to hit you with some hard-core facts:

  1. Each tax dollar spent on contraceptive services saves about $3 in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related health care and medical care of newborns. Without these services, federal and state Medicaid expenditures would increase by $1.2 billion a year.
  2. The risk of mother’s death associated with childbirth is about 10 times higher than that associated with abortion
  3. Legal abortion is safer than a tonsillectomy, an appendectomy, or a shot of penicillin.
  4. Nearly 9 in 10 abortions take place in early pregnancy.
  5. 14,000 women a year have abortions following rape or incest.

(If you would like to see more facts about abortion, you can use these sites that I referenced when writing this: amplifyyourvoice.org and prochoicewisconsin.org)

This is about women and the right to make decisions that affect our lives more than anyone else’s.

MY VAGINA, MY BODY, MY LIFE, MY CHOICE. WE WILL NOT GO BACK.

Now go educate some people, Grrlpunchers.

With love,

Virginia


Sources:

http://www.prochoicewisconsin.org/what-is-choice/abortion/10-important-facts.shtml

http://prochoice.org/education-and-advocacy/about-abortion/abortion-facts/

http://web.mit.edu/pro-choice/www/facts.html