Nobody is pro-abortion.
That’s why the antithesis to “pro-life” is not “pro-abortion” or “pro-death” for those who believe fertilized eggs are people. It’s pro-choice. Because nobody is pro-abortion.
Abortion is a deeply personal and difficult decision sometimes accompanied by much grief and despair. That’s exactly why it should be a decision made between the person and their physician. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to account for the reproductive health situations of 200 million individuals at any given time. It’s not a wholesale decision to be made by the government based on a “belief” system alone.
In fact, the last time the government legislated the bodies of others – we called it slavery and that too was largely justified by people’s “beliefs”. 150 years later and our “beliefs” continue to be the basis for violating the human rights of others.
Some of you will ask, “but what about the rights of the unborn? Don’t they have rights too?”
Rights to be determined by the body in which the unborn inhabits and needs to survive at minimum of 24 weeks. To mandate otherwise is an exercise of privilege against the vulnerable that many of us would not submit to in other circumstances of personal privacy and autonomy.
For example the average American would not allow strangers to make decisions about what happens inside of their homes. Even law enforcement officers require a warrant before being able to enter your personal property without your consent, and that’s on a case by case basis. How is it that we’ve deemed our houses and cars sacred enough to require special individual action for entry but our bodies are not eligible for the same deference to security and control?
Revoking a woman’s right to choose what happens with and within her body is akin to broad sweeping legislation that permits the federal government to decide who’s allowed to enter and live in the house that you pay for and maintain, and for what amount of time they can stay before they have to get out – with no regard for where they’d live next.
Better yet, it’s the federal government restricting your family to rearing only 1 child when you always hoped for at least 2. Sounds unAmerican doesn’t it? That’s because it is; it’s Communist China, actually.
And it’s exactly the kind of governance we subscribe to – the ostensibly free world – when we determine families aren’t free to make decisions for themselves, or that elected officials know what’s better for families, for that matter. Furthermore, violating the human rights of one human being to protect what some believe to be the rights of another is not justice or righteousness.
True justice is understanding that nobody is pro-abortion and collectively working together under that premise to decrease the demand for abortions, by increasing the quality of life of under-educated, under-employed, under-fathered, under-served, and under-cared for families. Righteousness is doing so while preserving a woman’s right to choose in chance circumstances.
So together, let us do what is just and righteous.
Together let’s ensure that contraception is available and accessible to any and everyone who needs it, with accompanying education on its proper use – because nobody is pro-abortion and no pregnancy equals no abortion.
Together let our political and social interests be aligned with creating jobs, raising minimum wage to a livable wage, and increasing government assistance for low income families – because nobody is pro-abortion and higher financial stability lowers the chances for abortion.
Together let’s advocate for education reform to ensure that no child is left behind and every child has a chance at higher learning – because nobody is pro-abortion and the more education you have the less likely it is that you’ll have an abortion.
Together let us be champions for more affordable child care, extended maternity leave with pay, and adoption service navigation assistance – because nobody is pro-abortion and majority of abortions occur as a result of unplanned pregnancies for families who already have children and find themselves overwhelmed and under-resourced.
And together, let us as a community offer nonjudgmental, compassionate, trauma-informed care to those few who make the difficult decision to safely terminate their pregnancy, and potentially find themselves amid a cloud of stigma, guilt and grief in the aftermath.
Because nobody is pro-abortion, but everybody should have the right to choose what’s right for them without being criminalized for what was already a difficult personal decision to begin with, but personal nonetheless.