Abortion. It's a difficult topic. Some cringe at the word. Yet it is a reality in the lives of so many women (1.2 million per year), and we can't continue to stigmatize it or blame these women or criticize the right to choice. You can start to engage in this thought by reading the stories of many women here. These women's stories deserve to be heard, and deserve to be respected, AND they deserve, in the future, the respect to not even HAVE to make this choice. No one wants abort a fetus, but in the end, individuals will do what is necessary for themselves and for the rest of their family or loved ones. This right is necessary, because we have systemic causes that affect our lives. Some adolescents do not receive sex education, and this may explain why they practice unsafe sex. Some women may not have free access to contraception. Some may just not have support networks where they can feel free to discuss their sexuality. These are the problems within our system that make this issue of abortion so controversial. So the next time someone fights the right to choice, I would suggest connecting with them and encouraging them to advocate for things that you both agree on, and that would reduce abortion rates... Things that will actually address these systemic problems.
So this is what I usually say: "Women will always seek out abortions, as they have been doing for all of time. Limiting access to them only makes them more dangerous because illegal ones will be sought after. You are looking at the act of aborting a fetus and disagreeing with that. I believe it is more beneficial to look at the system and see what systemic influences cause women to abort. I want to educate myself and others on those systemic flaws, such as lack of sex education and access to contraception (as I mentioned in my other post to you), and also situations of poverty, domestic violence, and gender inequality that can factor into the decision to abort in any part of the world.
If you are anti-choice, I encourage you to get involved in your community or legislation and promote public sex education and free and easy access to contraception! These are my goals as well because with lower rates of unwanted pregnancy, the difficult issue of abortion will not be as prevalent. People are never going to stop having sex, but if they are more educated about the possible outcomes/consequences and are able to discuss this in a supportive, non judgmental, and educational environment, we will see progress."
Pro-choice or anti-choice, I know abortion is something that no one is comfortable with. It's a tough topic. It's very taxing to go through. It's a decision that will change your life, maybe cause regrets, or maybe make you very happy for the right to have that choice. Either way, if we did not even have to arrive at that choice due to universal sex education and free and easy access to birth control, we will be able to unite and tackle other issues such as sex slavery and child labor and other atrocities in the world where the individual actually has no choice or voice (which are, indeed, issues we should be focusing on instead of what a woman does with her own body). Act, people. Let's make some progress.