I'm so tired of politicians and other people who claim to be pro life continuously try to ban women from getting abortions. For one, why is an embryo being placed at a higher value than the woman who will be affected for life by a pregnancy and being forced into having a baby? For two, if you don't approve of abortions, then simply don't get one. If it's against your religion to get one, then guess what? Not everyone has the same religious beliefs as you and it's not for you to judge. And lastly if a woman is a victim of rape or incest, if her birth control failed, if she's too young, if she's not financially or mentally stable, if she's not in a stable relationship, or any other reason, she should have the right to an abortion if she feels that's what's best for her. Instead of trying to completely ban abortion, we could work on having preventative measures being more accessible. Here's what we should be trying to do:
- Make healthcare and birth control more easily accessible for women so they can prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place. The same people who are trying to make abortion illegal also don't believe that healthcare is a right and that it should be affordable for everyone. They don't believe employers should cover birth control in their health insurance policies. They don't believe in funding clinics like Planned Parenthood so women without insurance can access different forms of birth control. Make it make sense!
- We need to reform our sexual education. I barely learned anything from the several sexual education classes we took in middle/ high school. I learned most things as an adult. You can't just teach people that abstinence is the way to go. People are going to engage in sex regardless so you should teach them about contraceptives and how our sexual/reproductive organs really work. A lot of people don't know how ovulation works or what periods really are. Our sexual education is basically "don't have sex or you'll get AIDS and die" because that's all I honestly remember. Be honest with teens and young adults. "If you choose to engage in sexual activity, here are the options available to prevent pregnancy."
-Vote for law makers who want to make the cost of living more affordable. You want people to have kids when they can barely afford rent and groceries for themselves. Raise wages and make it easier for people to go to college so they can have higher incomes instead of forcing people into debt. Daycare is ridiculously expensive for moms who have to work to put food on the table. Child care in general is expensive. Politicians need to acknowledge that our wages have been stagnant while the cost of living continues to rise. I couldn't imagine bringing a child into this world when I'm living paycheck to paycheck as it is, and I have degree! It's even harder for people who weren't able to go to or complete college or any other type of training/certification.
- Make it more common for men to get vasectomies (which can be reversed). Birth control isn't 100% effective and can have multiple negative side effects. It takes both a sperm and an egg to create a child so why are only women being held accountable? Let's encourage men to get more involved in preventing pregnancies as well.
You can't be pro-life if you support the death penalty for women who have abortions. You can't be pro-life if you don't care if these women or babies have access to adequate healthcare, shelter, food, etc. Let's talk about how these abortion bans are going to disproportionately affect poor people and minorities who already struggle making ends meet and having health insurance. Then these same pro-life people complain when these mothers need government assistance to feed their kids and pay rent. Let's talk about how expensive it is to adopt children in the foster care system or how some places won't let same sex couples adopt or how they racially discriminate when choosing parents. So let's cut the crap. Anti-abortion isn't about being pro-life. It's about controlling what a woman does with her body and pushing a religious agenda that not everyone has to follow. Y'all don't give a fuck about the babies after birth or else you'd support lawmakers and policies that benefit society instead of ones that restrict the average person from basic necessities.