Pro-life advocates have been celebrating the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court and are now hopeful for the overturning of Roe v. Wade with the new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Trump on July 9th.
Pro-life and pro-choice individuals alike have expressed their concerns of the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade. What are their concerns? Of course, the evident fret of women getting “back-alley” abortions, as well as inflation of adoption agencies, crisis pregnancy centers, and federally qualified health centers. Others expressed their worry while pro-life advocates celebrated Kavanaugh, none of them discussed the post-Roe world and any plan of action for it.
I am pro-life and do believe abortion must be illegal and unthinkable. But yes, I am scared, just as many others, about a post-Roe world. Here are my thoughts:
Being pro-life, we are pro-woman. We proclaim this because we are aware of abortion’s violence and the clear lie it is to women. It is unhealthy for women and has severe side effects both physically and mentally. Being consistent with the view because we are pro-life, we are pro-women, we have to recognize the fact “back-alley” abortions will happen when Roe v. Wade is overturned.
Pre-1973 and Roe v. Wade, the term “back-alley” abortion came from the idea that women were having illegal abortions in the back alleys of cities, normally by someone who was medically trained and performing abortions illegally. It’s associated with the popular image of a wire coat hanger to perform the illegal procedure. This illegal procedure was highly unsafe. Not only was it done in a unsanitary places, such as homes, but also it was done by an unsanitary tool.
While that image of an back-alley abortion may or may not be correct, let’s just assume that it is for now.
While I believe it is unlikely for the United States to go back in the image of time, we ought to keep it in mind women will try to obtain illegal abortions or self-induced abortions. These are unsafe and women could die.
In a February 2018 Guttmacher report, it was reported during the months of May and June of 2017 more than 200,000 Google searches related to self-induced abortion were conducted. I understand the pro-life aisle should be weary of Guttmacher’s findings, but even if reality was a half or a third of the number they provided, we have to keep in mind the scary truth that more women will feel self-induced abortion is necessary for them. I am not defending Roe; I am saying is we have to keep this mind as we work toward a No-Roe America.
Currently, the pro-life community is distracted as they are celebrating a possible victory, and the abortion-choice side is scared their access to “safe and legal” abortion will be taken away.
It is time to work toward a better future and a better America, so here are seven ways to work to create a more life-affirming and positive America.
1. Goodbye, Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood needs to go. They bring more harm to our nation — and women specifically — than the good they claim to. Not only does Planned Parenthood currently commit one-third of our nation’s abortions, but they used to harvest the body parts of the babies they have killed.
According to Guttmacher’s research on Abortion and Women of Color, the abortion rate for black women is almost five times that of white women. Planned Parenthood proudly flaunts it provides “care” for low-income women.
In fact, about 80% of Planned Parenthoods are beside, in, or near low-income and mainly colored communities.
2. Pregnancy Positivity
I want to see a better America where abortion is not just illegal, but where it isn’t even wanted. So many pregnant women who are facing unplanned pregnancies see abortion as their only option, so to them, it is wanted. Not only do we have to eliminate the option of abortion, but we must also drive away the societal acceptance of abortion.
How are we going to do that? We have to accept pregnancy. Abortion proponents work hard to procure a positive connotation around abortion, so we as pro-lifers have to work hard to resist and reverse this, as well as create pregnancy positivity.
Pregnancy should always be a positive thing — life has been created! When an unmarried woman becomes pregnant today, our present society shames her and subsequently tells her to get an abortion. We see pregnancy as a bad thing, a burden, and as something which will ruin someone’s life in the event the individual is not in absolutely flawless circumstances. This is wrong — in fact, the light of life can be the brightest light.
Churches and religious people — I encourage you to invest your time in the pregnant girls who are in your congregations. I encourage you to stop looking at pregnancy as a sin, but rather accept and embrace this condition in love, mercy, and grace.
Educate, educate, educate. This means all forms: sex education, birth control education, fetal development education, pregnancy help education, parenting education, adoption education, financial education, how-to-raise-a-child education, history-on-abortion education... education!
However, this excludes Planned Parenthood’s version of “education.” Equipping and educating people is the best way to produce change.
4. Birth Control/Contraception
Birth control has always been a touchy and controversial subject within the pro-life movement. Some are for it nearly wholeheartedly, whereas others are for certain forms of birth control, while some are completely opposed to it.
This is a moment for a “my body, my choice” decision. Personally, I don’t have a problem with birth control (if it is a preconception form) and believe it is a personal decision that each woman can make.
If a woman does not want to be on birth control or use contraception and has unprotected sex, then there will be risks of a life being conceived — which is why education is so crucial. Pro-life people need to be open to the idea of birth control and contraception so the number of unplanned pregnancies and the desire for abortion is reduced.
5. Safer for Women
Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports on their website about 700 women die each year in the United States from pregnancy and delivery complications. Abortion advocates claim an abortion procedure is safer than giving birth to a child. I want women to be safe when giving birth to their son or daughter and not have to worry about the possibility of dying.
Without abortion, there will be an increase in children being placed up for adoption. An average cost of adoption right now is $28,000 — yet the average cost of an surgical abortion up to 12 weeks is $616.16. It is cheaper to kill a child than to save one. Adoption costs must decrease. Abortion-choice advocates routinely claim people won’t adopt children, therefore we must have abortion. According to American Adoptions, there is supposedly an estimated two million couples waiting to adopt — roughly 36 couples for every one child placed for adoption.
7. Helping Mothers
There are several reasons women get abortions. One of these includes not being able to financially provide for a child. The women who do choose life for their child normally end up in overwhelming debt or even nearly homeless.
Planned Parenthood currently receives nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayers’ money they simply do not deserve. This money ought to go into a governmental program which will help mothers. This involves help with finances, food, housing, childcare, prenatal care, etc.
One thing NARAL Pro-Choice America has said correctly is unplanned pregnancies will not disappear once we overturn Roe v. Wade. However, we can take away most of the worries and reasons women want abortions.
I run an organization focused on helping mothers and convincing women to choose life and have had to accept the reality pregnancy itself is so expensive and yet abortion is so cheap. Pro-life people say it is “easy” for a woman to choose life, but the reality is it is extremely difficult.
I want women to not have to feel as though abortion is their only option, that they cannot raise a child, that they cannot do all the things they want to do because society tells them so. I desire for women to be supported by all, including a government free of pro-abortion influence.
Women deserve better. Women need better.
Let us work to create a better future and a better America.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Human Defense Initiative.
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