Friday, November 11, 2005

The Folly of Pro-Lifers

Overturning Roe Vs Wade won’t stop abortion. The legal status would just go back to the states. So, if a women wanted an abortion, she could just go over to a state to where its legal, or take a trip to Canada. Or, if they couldn’t travel very far, they’ll just either go to some backstreat butcher or even reach for a coat hanger.
In short, overturning Roe Vs Wade would be a very hollow victory for pro-lifers.
The problem, of course, is that banning abortion doesn’t, in of itself, do anything to get to the roots of why women have them in the first place.
Fundamentally, its because of unplanned pregnancies. Jimmy Carter also suggests that the poor in this country have abortions because they can’t afford to take care of more babies.
Europe has much lower abortion rate than the United States. Because they are much more open about sex education and contraception. Also, they do a better job of providing services to those babies which are born. The best way to reduce abortion in this country is not to outlaw it, but to take tangible steps to reduce a women’s need to have one.
The best way to reduce unwanted pregnancies is to have more comprehensive sex education(which include both the promotion of abstinence, birth control) in the schools.
Also, the government should provide free contraception services to any adult who wants it. This is of course, the very policies many on the pro-choice side support.
Indeed, it could be argued that those on the pro-choice side have done more to reduce abortions in this country than anyone on the pro-life side has!


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