Another day, another rant in the local paper about protecting the “unborn children” that are “murdered” by Planned Parenthood. (Never mind that the vast majority of their services involve cancer screening for poor women.)
I usually have very little patience for rabid pro-lifers, because they tend to be affluent and educated and utterly out of touch with the lifestyles of most women who find themselves in the distressing situation of being pregnant at a time when they lack the relationships or resources to support a child.
But this time let’s compromise. I will respect a person with a no abortion under any circumstances viewpoint under one condition:
That person is willing to pay the entirety of the cost of the pregnancy, birth, recovery, and child support until the child is a legal adult. Let’s throw in a college fund too.
Not such a difficult concession, is it, pro-lifers? The majority of women seeking abortions are economically disadvantaged and frequently never had access to birth control or the ability to insist that their partners wear a condom. So if you’re going to force a woman to keep an unwanted child, you’d better cough up some cash to help pay for it. Until you plump white stay-at-home middle class church ladies realise this, you will fail to see how your attitudes compound poverty and further stigmatise disadvantaged women.
I believe that the pro-life and pro-choice crowds should move beyond abortion and simply agree that the true problem is unwanted pregnancy. I find abortion incredibly regrettable. There is always emotional distress and physical pain involved, even when it’s the absolutely correct choice. I am also unequivocally opposed to the late-term abortion of a fetus capable of surviving outside the womb. At that point we are dealing with a creature developed enough to suffer incredible pain whilst being ripped from limb to limb. But even an early term abortion can leave psychological scars on a woman, and our society’s stigma against the practise makes it difficult for them to seek comfort.
The best option for all women would be to never need an abortion. Then we wouldn’t have to argue over whether or not it should be legal. If there is no glob of rapidly dividing cells in a uterus to begin with, then nobody will have to argue over its fate. But that can’t happen without two things: feminism and funding. So decide when you’d like to pay, pro-lifers. Do you want to pay up in advance and allow women to learn how their bodies work and have the social standing to control their fertility, or do you just want to start cutting cheques to feed babies born from forced pregnancies?