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Why Would Anyone Be Pro-Abortion?

I think about the term “pro-abortion” a lot. In fact, this is not the first time I have written about it. I have heard this appellation too many times from pro-lifers, and when I use ‘pro-lifers,’ I mean it with complete respect because I am, essentially, pro-life. The funny thing is that there will be some pro-lifers who read this who will exclaim, “I never use the term ‘pro-abortion’ when referring people who are pro-choice.” Why is that funny? Because, though that is likely true, when many of those people say “pro-choice” their tone says “pro-abortion.” Yes, I am being judgmental, but let me get to the point in a round-about way. First, I am pro-life. I abhor the thought of abortion and believe that it is absolutely wrong. However, there absolutely must be exceptions to that rule. In fact, my own faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, allows multiple exceptions: In cases of rape or incest, when “a competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or a competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth.” Now that you know my church’s stance, you know my stance. Sadly, there are people in this world who think that it is okay for women, even young women (even teenagers) who are the victims of rape or incest, to suffer additional physiological and psychological trauma just to avoid abortion. If all life is precious to these extremist pro-lifers, why do they always forget about the life and well-being of the woman, whose body it is? And don’t get me started on how many pro-lifers who claim to hold life so dear are fanatic when preaching the virtues of the death penalty or are far less interested in advocating for the children wallowing in poverty because no one deserves a handout.
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Now, that is not the way all pro-lifers feel. In fact, and fortunately, I know far more pro-lifers that feel exactly the way I do. However, some of them have their own problem when it comes to the treatment of the people who are pro-choice. Again, whether they actually call such people pro-abortion is not as much the point as is their treatment of those people otherwise. I don’t care who you are; no one is pro-abortion. We need to stop vilifying people who do not share our beliefs, stop demonizing people who are pro-choice. No one wants to see life terminated. What we need to do is consider the source of their argument. They simply believe that a woman’s body is her own, and she should be allowed to do with it as she pleases, regardless of the consequences. It’s a fair argument, regardless of whether you agree with it.

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Comments

  1. Glenn Thigpen says:

    There are approaches to the death penalty than a simplistic “always right” or “always wrong” that accord with the nuanced views on abortion, which I feel are in line with the policies and doctrines espoused by the church.
    I am uncertain just who you are referring to when you say “don’t get me started on how many pro-lifers who claim to hold life so dear are fanatic when preaching the virtues of the death penalty or are far less interested in advocating for the children wallowing in poverty because no one deserves a handout.” I think that you need a more nuanced approach, else your blog just comes across as being another rant.
    I sort of agree with some of the things you have said, and sort of disagree with some things that you have said, but you do come across as judgmental (as you admit), when talking about those who have adverse views of “pro-life”. There is no way that you can read the minds of anyone who decries a pro-life stance, or anyone else for that matter.
    I do disagree with you somewhat that “I don’t care who you are; no one is pro-abortion.” You only have to read the words of one Dr. Leonard Peikoff who says “Abortion is not merely a “choice” but a woman’s inalienable moral right.” He quotes Ayan Rand who said ““Rights do not pertain to a potential, only to an actual being. A child cannot acquire any rights until it is born.”
    To be fair, his views are more nuanced than those quotes, but I would say that he is pretty much pro-abortion, which he tries to spin as really being pro-life.

    Glenn

    • Glenn, thanks for the comment. Yes, of course this is a rant. It doesn’t pretend to be anything else. Also, saying that abortion is “a woman’s inalienable moral right” still is not pro-abortion, simply pro-[a-woman’s-right-to-choose]choice.

  2. I think most pro-choicers are pro-choice, however, I am sure some are actually pro-abortion. Pro-abortion people would be those who think abortion is not wrong, never wrong, or without negative consequences, etc. Pro-abortion might be somebody who thinks certain people “should” abort, and people should be encouraged or educated to default to abortion.
    Most people think abortion is wrong, but many allow that it might be the best choice under the circumstances. They think a woman should be able to make that decision for her own body, her own life and make that decision for the potential child involved and the family and community she belongs to.
    Because of the church’s stance, I feel I have to be pro-choice. I want the choice to abort if necessary. The older I get and the more children I have had, the more I feel that it is wrong to force a woman to go through with a pregnancy. I also feel strongly that pregnant women should not be prosecuted for not eating enough vegetables or spend every second of her life caring for the needs of her fetus over her own needs, or the needs of her live children. Women are people and need agency over their own body.

  3. I was brutally rape at 15. I became pregnant. I consider it one of the biggest blessings of my life that I had a miscarriage before I had to make a decision about whether to have an abortion. I am pretty sure I would have decided to have an abortion.

    The next term I did a research project on abortion as a national political issue. At that time, (early 90s) I thought that it was too difficult for many people in rural areas around the country. I read stories about women who were denied abortions who died, and stories about women who carried their rapists babies to term, awithout and then had night terrors and long term psychological problems. I also went to my first rape support group, and over the years I have come to believe that the only thing that limiting access to legal abortions does is create more pain for the women who feel guilty into having a child conceived by rape.

    After watching states across the country create legal barriers, add requirements that doubled and then tripled the length that people who live in rural areas have to travel and stay away from home, while making abstinence only education, something that is called education. I watch and shake my head over all of the people who think that a rape victim owes the world an explanation when she decides that she isn’t going to carry her rapist’s baby.

    After years of watching the fall out from abusive parents, who find another excuse for punishing their daughter when they find out she is pregnant because the state required a secretary to notify them that atheir daughter is contemplating an abortion. I don’t think that a 16 year-old should have to tell her parents, without any exceptions. I think that doctors are in the best position to give their patients advice, and to know when bringing parents into the equation would help or not.

    I will always be in favor of having safe, legal and accessible abortions, and I will let God sort out the judgment. I refuse to judge another woman’s heart.

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