In the United States, we expend a lot of energy and money fighting one another over access to birth control, sexual education, and abortion. Most of this is unnecessary.
There’s nothing wrong with being against abortion. I consider myself pro-life (anti-abortion) in the sense that I oppose abortion as anti-life but don’t want to make it illegal. This is a matter of conscience and a topic that goes to the heart of who we are as persons, when a ball of cells becomes a person, where the proper balance is between personal freedom and society’s needs, …
We will never resolve these issues and I think it’s wrong to legislate based on fundamental philosophical (not scientific) questions we’ll never be able to answer.
We live in an imperfect world and there may always be a need to abort a pregnancy for medical reasons. However, the following six changes would go a long way toward eliminating “elective” abortions:
1. Helping teen children embrace human nature (rather than making them ashamed of it)
2. Teaching and providing free birth control (preemptive and morning after type)
3. Ensuring that having a child doesn’t mean being stuck with an abuser or in poverty
4. Recognizing that mothering is an honorable profession worth devoting your life to
5. Providing subsidized child care for those who must work or choose to work
6. Ensuring that a child carried to term and then given away will have a loving home and a chance at a successful life.
If we made these 6 changes in the United States, the abortion problem would largely disappear and the religious zealots would have to find something else to devote themselves to.