Recently, I was asked several questions by a college student, pertaining to my thoughts on abortion and being pro choice. After answering the questions, I thought it would make a great article. Here are some of them, with the answer on my stance.
1. When do you consider human life to start? Is it at birth or is it earlier than that?
I believe it is before birth. I struggle with it being at conception or at the time the heart begins to beat. However, I do not struggle with whether or not is makes abortion morally right or wrong. I don't believe you can judge someone else's decision or what they can and cannot do with their body.
2. Since there are such large discrepancies between where life actually begins, do you think that abortion should be prohibited throughout pregnancy?
No, I don't think it should be prohibited, but I do think it should only be done after 16 weeks gestation in extreme cases.
3. If a woman, or a professional, deems abortion to be permissible in any specific woman's case, then why should they not be given the liberty of choosing such an action?
All women should have the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. I would like to see it as early as possible in the pregnancy in as many cases as possible, but I understand that there are some circumstances that could make early abortion impossible, and yet still be necessary.
4. Do you promote abstinence, safe sex or adoption?
Abstinence in my opinion isn't a very realistic option. I am a firm supporter of safe sex education and making birth control easily accessible and affordable. I also strongly support adoption as long as it is the woman's choice.
5. Are you working on any legislation about abortion?
Not currently. I hope to create legislation in the future that works to end abortion coercion and reproductive coercion in general. Everyone's choice should be theirs alone.
6. Does religion play a part in how you feel about abortion?
No, not at all. I don't think any single religion is right in all its beliefs, and therefore cannot pass judgment.
7. Do you have any advice for young mothers who're considering it?
Yes, it's a major decision that is permanent and not to be taken lightly. Any major decisions have both pros and cons. Do not let anyone dissuade you from what you feel is best for you.
8. Do you feel its right to take away a woman's right to choose what is best for her own body?
No, it is not right. The consequences of making someone's life changing decision for them are monumental for everyone involved.
9. Do you think abortions would happen if they were made illegal?
Abortion will always be an option, whether it is legal or not. The lives that pro life supporters so staunchly try to protect will not only be lost, but the pregnant women will be lost too. Regardless of your stance on the subject, it will always be a necessary option for women all over the world. Efforts should be concentrated on sex education and making contraception easily available and affordable, to lessen the need. It should not be used to take away the right a woman has to govern her own body and choices.