In light of the election, I've decided to do (what I hope is) a quick post about one of the more heated moral issues. I don't want to stir up raw feelings or anything of the sort, but I do want to express my own views on why I believe what I believe. I'd also like to hear your thoughts on the subject as well.
When it comes to the legal discussion of abortion, I like to say that I'm pro-choice and pro-life. Here's why.
I want to start by saying that, to me, the concept of abortion is appalling. I think that a woman killing an unwanted fetus for the sake of convenience is one of the basest, most inhumane behaviors I can think of. If you are old enough to have unprotected sex and get pregnant, you are old enough to carry and bear the child that you (and someone else) created. Adoption is an incredible option if you are unable to take care of your child emotionally or financially. I know it's hard to be pregnant for many people, but you knew that the risk of pregnancy was there before you had sex. All actions have consequences and part of living in the adult world is living with the choices that you've made.
|That was my little choice in there.|
I want to continue by saying that no one, and I mean no one, on this planet has the right to tell me what I can, cannot or have to do concerning my own body. It is my body. It's the only thing in this world that no one can take away from me. The government can take away my house, my family or my clothes if they so choose. They can't take away my body and therefore have no control over it or what I choose to do with it.
Did anyone else hear about the ruling in NYC where restaurants and other eateries can't sell sodas that are larger than 16 ounces? To me, this is an example of the slippery slope thinking of mandating what people can and can't do with their own bodies. If the government can tell women that they have to carry the baby that they made in their own body, then what's next? Can the government then force women to not get pregnant? Or force people to get tattoos? Or forbid someone from eating more than 2000 calories per day? Or tell people that they will now be forced to run at least five miles per week in the name of doing what's best for them? That kind of forcibleness translates into a form of slavery. If my body is subject to the discretion of public leaders, then I am essentially a slave to them.
So where do we draw the line? Which belief is more important? Should we protect the life of unborn children or protect the freedoms and liberties of the women who are already alive?
In my opinion, abortion should not be made illegal, and here's why.
First of all, abortion rates are much higher in countries where abortion is heavily regulated. Why? Because women will not be told what they have to do with their own bodies if it's not in line with what they want to do for themselves. Even if their desire is irrational, uneducated or selfish to us, it's their desire to be free from the burden of an unwanted pregnancy and they will go to any lengths to make that happen. I have no doubt whatsoever that a similar atmosphere would manifest itself in this country should abortion be made illegal.
|It doesn't have to be this way.|
Second, I believe that it would significantly increase the number of false claims of rape and incest in America. Many pro-lifers who support making abortion illegal have said that they'd offer one caveat; abortion should be legal in the cases of rape or incest. (Richard Mourdock may not agree, but most conservatives do.) If abortion would be made illegal in the US, I truly believe that we would have far more instances of "The Girl Who Cried Rape". It's already difficult to prosecute rape because of the he said/she said nature of the crime. It would be detrimental to real rape victims as well as to (criminally) innocent men who happened to father an unwanted child.
I want to reiterate how desperately I wish that women didn't feel the need to terminate unwanted pregnancies for the sake of conveniently wiping out the very real consequences of their poor judgement. However, we simply can't force people to handle their bodies to accommodate our own moral beliefs. We can only do that with our own bodies.
That's my view. Tell me what you think. Do you agree or disagree? Why? Keep it nice and give me tangible reasons; I'd love to hear them. I also have a question for my Republican friends that maybe some of you can answer. Why is it that Republicans preach about the virtues of smaller government involvement in individual lives but have this burning desire to have the government require women to carry their unwanted babies full term? I'm truly curious. Anyway, feel free to share your ideas!