I heard on the news this week a statistic that shocked me. 1-3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime. I had never known what the exact statistic was and I had no idea it was so high. I’m not going to get into a moral pro-life pro-choice debate today. I have noticed though that Arizona, Texas, South Carolina and Mississippi have all recently enacted legislation to restrict access to abortion services. I personally do not see this as a direct war on women but I do see it as a dangerous solution to an imminent problem. States that restrict abortions take us back to pre- row v wade days of back alley abortions and self-performed abortions. I do not underst why this country only addresses the end result of a growing problem.
The debate over abortion starts with sex education. Statistically, in countries that teach proper sexual education there are lower rates of teen pregnancy and STD’s. Arizona as a state has vowed to teach abstinence only sex education and as a result 1-3 students attending ASU has an STD. From my point of view it is irresponsible to target abortion providers without addressing the issue of an unwanted pregnancy. We can debate morals, and ethics, the definition of life and sin all day long. That doesn’t change the fact that people who seek abortion services 99% of the time are not harlots, prostitutes, or floozies. It’s someone’s daughter who is forced to make a decision that will haunt her for the rest of her life. This is someone’s girlfriend who knows the costs associated with having a child before they can afford it and knows their partner may or may not stick around. I believe in adoption as a first choice in these situations but I also don’t have the nerve to try and dictate what another woman should or should not do with their body.
I attended a church one day that I had never been to before. During their opening announcements they advised of upcoming events. One event included in the list was a silent protest at an abortion clinic. I was outraged. I’m not going to tell you what church it was, only to say it’s not the one I currently attend, and I will never being going back. I am not going to speak for Jesus or Christianity or any religion on the whole. But I will say that, as a woman who thinks for herself and is mostly decent person, there are lines you simply do not cross as a leader claiming to morally steer the direction of a congregation of believers. I will not become part of that Everlast Song What it’s Like.
“And she goes to the clinic and she get’s some static coming in through the door, and they call her a killer, and they call her a sinner and they call her a whore. If you walked a mile in her shoes then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose”.
People polarize decisions into very black and white idealized extremes that they believe should be adapted for the masses but when asked about their family have shockingly different opinions. It’s easy to say no abortion for any reason as the stand ard. If you are presented with a situation where your daughter is raped it’s okay to reframe your position. It is not okay to hold the country to one stand ard and your family to another. We need to have a real discussion in this country to address problems without politically polarizing them.