Surprised? So was I when I found all this stuff out. Take a look at how and why this is true:
4. The legality and availability of abortion does not change abortion rates. According to international data, South America and Africa both have abortion rates near the international average, despite harsh laws against it throughout most of both continents. What does change with illegality, is the deadly dangerousness of the procedure. Death due to complications of abortion account for about 13% of all deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, and almost all of those happen in countries where the procedure is illegal. Making abortion illegal doesn’t save any babies, it just kills women.
3. Abortion rates DO change when effective contraception is cheaply and widely available. Abortion in Europe is generally and broadly available, but the western half actually has the lowest abortion rates in the world, 12 per 1,000 child-bearing-age women, while the eastern half has the highest rates in the world, 43 per 1,000. The difference? The Pill! Something the pro-life side is mostly, adamantly against.
2. Why would pro-life be anti-Pill? Women on The Pill kill fewer zygotes than women who are trying to get pregnant! A woman’s body flushes out fertilized eggs about 17% of the time off The Pill, and 100% of the time on it. However, since women on The Pill release about seventy times fewer eggs (about 1.5%) than women off The Pill, the numbers actually favor The Pill as the zygote-saving alternative. There is even an increasing pile of evidence that suggests the morning-after pill may not ever actually flush fertilized eggs out after all, as they currently have to warn you on the box. Pro-lifers have no good reason for their stand against The Pill, or even the morning-after pill, if their primary concern is saving the unborn!
1. Policies that make being a parent easier drive down abortion rates. 75% of women getting abortion cite inability to afford the child amongst their reasons for doing it. Another answer that was equally popular, was being unable to work, go to school, or care for a dependent. Yet in the current pro-life=conservative, pro-choice=liberal paradigm, pro-life, conservative politicians are on record in the statehouses and the U.S. Congress again and again, REMOVING money for programs that aid low-income pregnant women, making their babies less affordable to have. The way to reduce abortions is to give women support during their pregnancies and childcare after. And you’ll only find those policies supported on the pro-choice/liberal side of politics.
If you are truly pro-life because you want to save the unborn, you should probably switch your allegiances to pro-choice, the side that is TRULY for Life: before, during, and, in biggest contrast with the other side, AFTER pregnancy. The primary interest of the pro-life movement seems to be punishing women for ever spreading their legs in the first place. Disturbingly, even in cases of rape, recently.
All information for this list (and many of the links) was culled from a much longer article called “How I Lost Faith In The “Pro-Life” Movement”, by Libby Anne. If you liked anything I had to say here, you should go to the real deal and thank her! If you find any problems, that’s probably my fault.
(edit: 12/1/12) For some real-world proof that effective contraception decreases abortion, see this article about abortion incidence in the U.S.
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Bonus Mini-Article: Some Thoughts About Murder
I don’t think any pro-choice person is truly pro-abortion. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m pro-choice even though I personally think in at least some cases abortion is murder (not that my thoughts are all that important since as a man and a gay one at that I am doubly removed from ever having to be part of that decision). A lot of people want to say “abortion is murder”, as if that made it black-and-white, and settled the matter. Not me, because murder isn’t exactly ‘murder’ either! There is premeditated murder, second degree murder, vehicular homicide, murder in self defense, all kinds of different forms of murder! What if we gave the death penalty for anyone who murdered another, EVEN IN SELF DEFENSE? When “abortion=murder” is proclaimed, it does NOT make things black-and-white, it becomes enormously complex. You have to consider the moral relevance of every abortion scenario: from the many, different, severe and lethal birth defects possible, to certain cultures where there is honor-killing.
Murder isn’t always Murder One. Sometimes it’s in self defense. Sometimes it was a freak accident. We don’t give the death penalty or even life without parole (my preference) for all murder because there would be no justice in it. As far as I can see, that is the huge flaw in the abortion=murder, black-and-white position of most pro-lifers. Without examining cases, and finding the complexities and subtleties of every abortion scenario, they can never achieve true justice in their judgement. So I just don’t.
For a pro-choice analysis of the Bible, I invite you to take a look at this article. While the linked article did not form any content of the one you’re reading, it is a good read on its own, especially if you are Christian, or if you know any. And follow one or two of its links too!
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