What is Abortion, really and why is it such a hot topic? The definition of abortion as to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is as follows:
"The termination of a pregnancy after, accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or Fetus: such as. a: spontaneous expulsion of a human fetus during the first 12 weeks of gestation — compare miscarriage b: induced expulsion of a human fetus. c: expulsion of a fetus by a domestic animal often due to infection at any time before completion of pregnancy — compare contagious abortion."
But, this is not the argument that has been going around the world year-after-year. The discussion everyone is concerned with is 'a legal induced abortion' which has an entirely different definition. The CDC defines a legal induced abortion as:
"an intervention performed by a licensed clinician (e.g., a physician, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) that is intended to terminate an ongoing pregnancy."
After we know which definition we are talking about, what is so wrong with abortion? Well, this question turns out to be one founded on multiple separate issues. The first is one of "Morality" which has some sub-issues. The morality issues of "Pro-Choice," are those who believe they should have final say over their bodies, and "Pro-Life," those who believe in some degree that life is more important than anything else. These arguments have been at the forefront of topic for generations.
Another issue recently mentioned to me, is one called the Father Complexe. As it is explained to me, this complex is the idea that a group of unconscious associations, or strong unconscious impulses which specifically pertains to the image or archetype of the father. In other words, it is the idea that men, or rather fathers know better than women. But, how can this be true if the mental ability of both men and women are equal?
According to the oldest empirical data I could find(www.statista.com), in 1990, out of 5.5 million reported pregnancies in the US, about 1.4 million women had abortions. Or about 25% of all pregnancies were aborted. However, in 2016, of the reported 5 million pregnancies, about 914 thousand, or, about 18% were aborted. While the overall number of abortions has dropped, so has the total number of live births.
We can lower the number of abortions in the US to practically nothing. But we can not do it with just changes in the laws of abortion. I know that much of it also needs to be taught to our young children.
I want to share a personal story with you. I come from a family that has a wide range of beliefs. Some are Mormon, atheist, Presbyterian, Wiccan, and even some that are eclectic. Our political views vary widely among Republicans, Democrats, independents, and those who do not put labels on themselves. My family taught my sisters and me that 1+1=2, that 2x2=4, that the birds and the bees do some extraordinary things, and about abstinence before marriage. Even teaching us the same thing, my youngest sister waited until she was 18 years-old before having her first child, and my oldest sister became pregnant at 14 years-old. As for myself, I was 27 when my daughter was born. And, this is just one family out of millions in the US.
While I believe that abortion is entirely wrong in most cases, I do think that there are situations where abortion should be allowed. If a pair of teens play around and get pregnant, abortion should not be allowed. Nor, should it be granted when a woman decides not to use contraception, or if it fails to work. The only times that abortion should be allowed is when:
1) it is medically necessary to save the life of the mother.
2) the child would be a financial burden due to medical disability. Or,
3) if the woman has been raped resulting in pregnancy.
I would love to sit down with lawmakers to have the laws rewritten making it illegal for people to have abortions for any reason other than those previously mentioned. We need to stop teaching our children that sex is acceptable at a young age. This can be done by changing how sexed works in the schools. We need to lay out guidelines for education systems to teach our young people how not only to reproduce but, how to not get pregnant. We need to have Planned Parenthood re-task to provide support centers for expectant parents so they can offer information and options for unwanted children.