Empowering Women Politics

How to Reduce the Number of Abortions

If you’re against abortion, don’t have one.

Better yet, support education about and funding for birth control. Abortion rates are currently as low as they have been since Roe v. Wade. And, no, it’s not because you and your cronies are standing outside the abortion clinic scaring the shit out of some teenagers and low-income women that are just going in for a pelvic exam and a birth control implant. It’s because there are people inside that building, caring for the health and well-being of these women.

Nobody wants to have an abortion. It is not a pleasant experience. Given the choice, any woman would rather have access to birth control than to have an unwanted pregnancy.

If you support a woman’s right to have access to reproductive healthcare and education about birth control, then you are doing your part to reduce the number of abortions performed. The pro-choice vs. anti-choice issue becomes moot. Because women have control and access before they even have intercourse.

If you support a woman’s right to have access to reproductive healthcare and education about birth control, then you are doing your part to reduce the number of abortions performed.

But, if you are anti-choice, and anti-sex education, and anti-providing affordable (free?) contraceptives, then you are effectively putting women in the position to have to make a decision to abort a pregnancy. You are supporting abortion.

Nobody wants to have an abortion.

It is puzzling to me that you in the anti-choice camp are also anti-government-supported healthcare. It seems you want to populate the world with unwanted babies that don’t have adequate care?

What are your thoughts?

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Janette DeFelice, MD, MA is a writer currently focusing on how the changing environment affects our health. Her essay collection Resistance Essays from the Heartland and her new novel Delia Rising: A Ballet in Three Acts are both available now. She has also published at Be The Change Mom, ChicagoNow, and Medium.com. She holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from Chicago Medical School and a Master’s degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where her major essay was Hegel and Ibsen: The Evolution of Consciousness in Ibsen’s Prose Play Cycle. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University. A former professional dancer, former adjunct Humanities professor, and former lecturer in Medical Clinical Skills, as well as a mom of 9-year-old twins, she currently finds herself at a career/life crossroads at which she is trying to figure out how to use all aspects of herself (her art, her medical and scientific knowledge, her philosophical explorations, her interest in popular culture as a teaching tool, and her unique perspective) for the good of humanity.

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