Or rather, illegalizing abortion.
I’ve written before about how I see myself on both sides of this proverbial fence. My boyfriend gave me the term “pro-choice anti-abortionist” and I think that fits quite nicely. There is no need to argue with me over the belief that life begins at conception. I already feel that way. I’ve always felt that way, but I especially felt that way after becoming pregnant with my daughter. I knew I was pregnant before I missed a period, and no, we weren’t trying. I took one of those “five days before you skip a period” tests because I just *knew*.
The right-wing leap from that stance is that abortion should be illegal because they equate it to murder. The right-wing belief is that all the rights granted to a person after birth should be granted to a person before birth. And that right there is what terrifies me.
It is a very slippery slope that I don’t think a lot of people think about. While there are no exact statistics available, it’s estimated that miscarriages occur in up to 25% of pregnancies. Of course, this doesn’t account for miscarriages that occur before a woman even knows she’s pregnant.
At least one state representative has already tried to make miscarriage a crime. It won’t be that far of a leap if a law is ever passed granting equal rights to fetuses.
Several things can cause a miscarriage. Sometimes it’s related to the lifestyle or health of the mother. Sometimes it’s something completely out of anyone’s control. If a pregnant woman smokes, even if it’s during the first two weeks (which are actually considered the first 4 weeks by a pregnancy calendar – remember that medically you are considered pregnant from the date of your last period) when she doesn’t know she’s pregnant, and she later miscarries, what is to stop someone from going after her for manslaughter? Or even murder? What about a woman who is obese when she gets pregnant? Should she be investigated if she miscarries?
The solution, of course, is that women don’t have sex unless they intend to get pregnant. Remember that . . . even if you’re married. Don’t have sex unless you intend to get pregnant. Of course, if you are trying to get pregnant, you can’t go to work. What if something at work causes you to miscarry? Authorities would have to investigate because the baby you’re carrying has all the same legal rights as anyone else.
Since women will have to be so extra careful as to make sure they don’t do the slightest thing to cause a miscarriage, the next logical step would be to not allow women to work at all. Or to go out. Hell, let’s just go back to when women were seen and not heard and their only job was to keep house and raise babies.
Absurd? Well, yeah. But extremely possible if we start down that road, and I will fight with every fiber of my being to not go anywhere near it.
The thing is, there is a reasonable, effective, and affordable resolution to all of this. If you really want to reduce the number of abortions (and by the way, there is no significant difference in the abortion rates between countries where abortion is legal and where it is illegal), prevent the unwanted pregnancies from occurring in the first place. And there are two ways that you can do that – sex education and easily accessible and affordable birth control. Because, I’m sorry, but if abstinence education worked, there would be no need for maternity uniforms in Catholic schools.
So, the question is – do you really want to lower the rates of abortion or do just want to proselytize your religious and philosophical beliefs? Is it okay if just as many unborn babies die as long you win your position?
***I know that I have not been writing much lately, but anyone who has read a few of my posts knows that I welcome debate. There has, however, been at least one who chose not to confront me here. So be it. But I would like to add a couple of things.
1 – Just because *I* feel that life begins at conception, does not mean that everyone does and I will not, ever, judge another woman for her choices in this. I can’t know the specifics of what she is or was going through. That point is irrelevant to the argument in this post, but apparently, it needed to be stated.
2 – If you think I am being too absurd, just consider some of the things that the republican candidates have been saying lately. Real live people believe absurdities like this and all it takes is one charismatic leader to warp the minds of millions. Just look at Nazi Germany.
3 – “Illegalize” is a word. Check Webster if you don’t believe me. :)