The media tend to blow things out of proportion no matter what their bias is, which is why I try to refrain from commenting on current events via the internet. I would much rather talk about issues face to face. However, the whole storm surrounding abortion and women’s rights is really starting to piss me off.
Whether you identify as pro-life or pro-choice, too many have turned this into a political issue when it is so much more than that. Let me explain. Among the many reasons women have abortions, it is my understanding that one big one is that they don’t have the means to support themselves or their baby, be it financially or otherwise. Some families may disown a woman for becoming pregnant out of wedlock, or at least look down on her for the situation she’s in. Maybe she wants to choose adoption, but people she loves and trusts are firmly against it.
Regardless of the situation, pregnancy happens, abortion happens, adoption happens. Instead of trying to prevent abortion, why not prevent one of the reasons for abortion – lack of support? If you’re telling a girl how wrong she is to get an abortion, are you offering to be there for her when she delivers? Are you going to help pay her medical bills so she can get back on her feet? What about the emotional roller coaster she has to go through regardless of what she does? Can you offer her a community who can wrap their arms around her so she doesn’t feel alone? These are the questions we need to be asking.