There is another thread on this, so I'll just re-post
To ask if I'm for against abortion seems silly. Of course, I'm against abortion, I don't like the idea of it, I don't like how society views it and what women who choose it have to go through. In a perfect world, abortion would be unheard of because every child would be wanted.
But this is not a perfect world, and abortion ABSOLUTELY NEEDS to remain legal. This is a world where women...especially young women and low-income women are a) not properly educated (or even at all!) on how to prevent pregnancy and protect themselves in sexual relationships, b) birth control is expensive and difficult to get, especially if you're one of the millions of Americans who are uninsured and c) Sex has a stigma: religious zealots combined with our very own SECULAR government are conspiring to cloud the waters as far as changing the above 2 things...remember, sex is dirty and nasty and only bad girls do it. Riiiiiiiiiight. Oh yeah, and did I mention that there are STILL no male hormonal birth control options?
So, unfortunately, abortion is the only option for some women. And yeah, I agree with them. After all, would you rather have a life of poverty with a young, low-income and/or uneducated mother that statistically would make it difficult for you to pull you up by your bootstraps toa better life? Or would you rather not have lived at all? Would you like to go through life knowing that your parents didn't want you and that maybe you ruined it all for them? No? Didn't think so. I'm not sure what I would do if faced with an unplanned pregnancy. I guess it would depend on A LOT of things. But whatever choice would be in my best interest as well as the best interests of my partner and unborn baby. How am I supposed to raise a family if I'm in no place to rasie a family? How is that fair to ANYONE in the picture?
Every child should be WANTED. So I'm pro-choice. And Pro-Choice doesn't necessarily mean one is FOR abortions for all...it simply means that we are for CHOICE when it comes to planning a family...and we think that CHOICE should be accessible to every family and every woman...if they're 50 or 16, black or white, rich or poor. Every single person deserves honest, candid information about sex, sexuality and child-rearing...or how to prevent pregnancy from happening...and THEN they deserve full, uninhibited access to resources which will help them through whatever choice they make. Now, I'm not saying to sell birth control like it's candy...but I just don't see how a 16 year old or individual on welfare can afford 2 doctors visits plus $30 a month (and that's WITH my insurance) to get pills. Or whatever method these people choose.
I also think it's completely hypocritical that so many pro-lifers are against using or teaching birth control. People are sexual beings and there will be no changing that...the whole reason we strive to survive is to reproduce and we do that by (gasp!) having sex. Marching in a rally with pictures of fetuses and ridiculing and harassing the women who choose abortion will not, I repeat, WILL NOT make every child wanted. Working really hard to help make contraceptives available and affordable to all women and all families would accomplish the goal. Being idealouges will not. Like I said, people are not about to stop having sex any time soon.