Am I Pro-Choice After All?
Posted by Jimi on February 12, 2012
So, as I stated in a prior blog, That Old Abortion Issue, my view on abortion is evolving as I take in more information and read some fairly persuasive arguments. This is a very heated and constantly debated issue and I am going to do my best here to explain my thoughts on the whole thing. Yes I am a male and as far as the conceivable future is considered I will never have to directly go through an abortion myself, although the chance is there, in theory, to experience it indirectly. As this is an ongoing issue that I am exploring, I am asking for my reader’s input on this topic, but please behave in the comments, I really do not want to have to censor. Over the last few months I have been using my skills in critical thinking to evaluate exactly what it is I think and believe in. I am not a religions person in the traditional sense, I do not identify as a Christian, so that aspect of this debate is not something I ever focus on. So, without further ado, the following are my thoughts on some of the issues around abortion.
- Pro-Life - I used to firmly believe that I was pro-life, however after reading some interesting essays and reader comments I have come to the conclusion that I am not. I much prefer the availability of abortions instead of children winding up in negligent or abusive homes or being put into the already swamped foster care system. While I do believe in human rights I also believe in capital punishment for those deserving of it. (Yes, I know, who am I to judge, etc. etc. I will address that in a later blog.) If a woman makes the conscious choice that she is not ready to be a parent, then we as a society should respect that decision.
- Lack of a Uterus - I hate, absolutely hate, this argument. While males do not give birth, this should not exclude them from the discussion. If the idea of an abortion is being considered why is the male left out of the decision? Maybe it is because I am male that I do not understand this, I admit that may very well be, however, if the child is carried to term males are expected to stand up and do their duty without an “out” option.
- Rape & Risk of Death - This one is obvious, of course an abortion should be allowed. Risking the life of the mother is never acceptable, no matter your thoughts or opinions. As far as rape is concerned, the choice should be there for the women. Being a victim of rape myself I understand the emotions involved and I can only imagine what it would be like to carry & raise a child conceived in rape.
- Abortion as Birth Control - No, absolutely not. The thought of this makes me feel very ill. Abortion should be used as a last option, not as a means of convenience. There are many forms of birth control out there up to and including surgery to prevent pregnancy; the reason I mention surgery is that if a woman is having multiple abortions obviously she has no intention of ever having a child.
- Abortion rate higher where it’s illegal (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Anatomy of an unsafe abortion (Dr. Jen Gunter)
- Unsafe abortions rise as contraceptive funding is cut (followmehere.com)
- Why Abortion Should Be Legal: It’s More Common (And Dangerous) When Banned (blisstree.com)
- Unsafe Abortion on the increase in Africa, a new WHO Report reveals. (africahealth.wordpress.com)