Ok, let’s do an experiment.
- Go to npr.org or any news source of your preference.
- Type the keyword “abortion” into the Search box.
- Count the number of pro-life decisions being made in this country within last month that will force or coerce women into a motherhood for which they are not ready.
What are your findings? Here are mine:
- Missed Abortion Language Tangles Senate’s Trafficking Bill
- States Aim To Restrict Medically Induced Abortions
- States Fund Pregnancy Centers That Discourage Abortion
So, in a nutshell:
- Women who are victims of human trafficking (who are also very likely to be in need of abortion) may not get any fund from the state to perform an abortion.
- Not only do they campaign against surgical abortion, they are now trying to prevent women from taking Plan B pills.
- A program that coerces women into motherhood receives state funding.
Friends, isn’t it absurd? Do news items like these anger you? For me, it is so frustrating to see how pro-life rhetorics has misled people to make decisions that are detrimental to women’s health and wellbeing.
To be honest, anti-abortion laws just do not make sense to me because I believe that every woman has the right to have an abortion, just as every human being has the right over their own body (that some women may abuse this right is a different matter which will require policies to prevent the abuse, not those that eliminate the right itself). Morally speaking, it would be best if you can avoid performing an abortion with birth control options; however, if abortion is the last resort, then the woman should still be the one who makes the decision, not the state.
If I were the embryo, I would rather me having never been born than being born and abandoned. I’d rather be non-existent than living my life agonized over the fact that I am a burden to someone else.
As an international student, I cannot understand why abortion is treated with such contempt (that stems from mere ignorance) in this so-called progressive and democratic country. An abortion performed within the first trimester will simply take the embryo, which is incapable of feelin or perceiving anything, out of your uterus. How can that be the same as killing a human being with full perception and senses? Ideally, all abortions should be performed early; and if performed early, there is nothing morally wrong about it. Accident happens. Rape happens. Unplanned pregnancy happens everyday. Early abortion is not only a common need, but also a solution to all those controversies over whether or not a fetus is considered a human being.
Here is another startling figure: 1 out of 3 women will have an abortion in her lifetime.
I’ve gotten this information from Katha Pollitt, a columnist for The Nation who is also a pro-choice activist. She gave a very enlightening lecture on campus last week about how abortion, far from being terrible, is good for women, men, and children, which ultimately composes society as a whole. That’s how I found out about the website 1 in 3 Campaign, a radical project to fight against the stigma and shame women are made to feel about abortion by allowing them to talk about it openly and share their experiences with millions other women on the Internet. If you take some time to read all the stories, you will realize that abortion literally and figuratively saves these women’s lives.
On the same topic, the other day at dinner, I asked my friends (who are all international students) if they know someone who has had an abortion. To my surprise, everyone at the table answered “yes” and started telling me how their mother/sister/aunt/niece/ friend for one reason or another had to resort to abortion and how her life changed afterwards.
While the prevalence of abortion across Asian countries (which are supposed to be more conservative) is an eye-opener in its own right, that people know all the details of their relatives’ abortion and can talk about it so casually (yet seriously) amazed me even more. I haven’t done the same experiment with my American friends, but I am curious if it would yield a similar result. So I’ve got this idea of creating the poll below to see how common abortion is to the people in this community. Let me know if you…