“Your body, your choice,” is the popular slogan of the pro-abortion lobby. This mantra is even picked up by people who personally believe abortion is wholeheartedly wrong. A recent example of this is conveyed in a piece published on the popular site The Odyssey, titled “I’m Pro-Choice Because Your Abortion Is None Of My Business.”
In the piece, the author argues while she is vehemently pro-life and would never kill her child, she has no right to have a say in what other people do with their children. After all, if someone can’t handle or doesn’t want a child, shouldn’t they be the ones to determine whether they live or die?
Okay folks, go back and reread that paragraph, because the lunacy of the pro-abortion lobby is showing.
I am pro-life because your abortion does not just impact YOU. It is an extremely self-centered, narrow ideology which lets one believe abortion is an individual issue. In reality, abortion is an issue which directly impacts at least two at a time, and indirectly impacts thousands more.
First of all, abortion never just involves a mother, but a mother and child. Two separate heartbeats, two separate people. At the simplest level, I am pro-life because abortion takes the life of another person; a helpless person who has value and rights of their very own.
However, the impact extends. Did you know the Center for Urban Renewal (CURE) released a report in 2017 outlining the impact of abortion on the black community? The report not only detailed Planned Parenthood targeting minority communities (with 79% of centers placed in such neighborhoods), but also explained that while black women are only 14% of the childbearing population, they obtain 36.2% of all abortions.
I am pro-life because abortion disproportionately impacts minority communities and communities at risk. Not only that, but some of the biggest supporters of abortion over the years have been absolute racists, and pushed eugenics (Margaret Sanger, anyone?).
Finally, abortion doesn’t just impact specific individuals or communities, but the nation as a whole. Since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the Center for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute estimate that over 54 MILLION preborn babies have been murdered. To put this into perspective, the state with the highest population is California, and as of 2015, they had a population of under 40 million.
So NO, it does not make sense to be pro-abortion under the reasoning it doesn’t impact you. When people are being murdered, when minority communities are being systematically targeted, and when a huge portion of the next generation is missing, there is no way around it: abortion impacts this world, and therefore it impacts all of us.
And it is up to all of us to end it.
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