You don’t have to love abortion. You can dislike it. Maybe it even makes you sad. The way you view abortion is up to you. If you don’t like abortion, you can advocate for proper sex education, access to birth control and other things that have been shown to lower unplanned pregnancies. You don’t have to like abortion.
But what you can’t do is disrespect somebody for having an abortion. You can’t take away that choice from women because you don’t like it. Your emotions are not somebody else’s responsibility. Your emotions aren’t more important than anyone else’s bodily autonomy. You don’t have to like abortion, but you have to respect other people’s rights and that includes the right to safe, accessible, abortion.
Simone Veil, the woman who fought for and managed to legalize abortion in France, died this morning shortly before her 90th birthday.
She was Jewish and an Auschwitz survivor (she lost her parents and brother there), as well as definitely pro-European Union.
She was a wonderful woman who went through so much and gave French women so much more. She had so many insults hurled at her when she was fighting for abortion but she never backed down. She was an inspiration to me and my first step into feminism. I will miss her forever.
Until there are literally 0 unwanted pregnancies in the entire world (100% of the population has affordable access to contraceptives, and those contraceptives are 100% effective 100% of the time, sexual assault never happens, and contraceptive sabotage never occurs), and until pregnancy is 100% safe and never presents medical risks or complications, and until pre and post-natal care is 100% affordable for 100% of the population: legal abortion will be needed.
Never forget that. Abortion is a medical procedure that serves a wide variety of situations and may be needed for a wide variety of reasons. And until only people who want to be pregnant get pregnant, and only when all pregnancies are safe and affordable, and all pregnancies are carried safely to term, until that somehow happens, people will need abortion.
If you want to reduce abortions numbers (and really, we ALL do) then we need to address the factors that make abortion needed.