Can pro-choice people please start normalizing abortion as an option in non-dire circumstances?
I know that it can be hard when so much of the conversation around this issue centers on whether or not abortion constitutes baby murder, so people always wind up arguing pro-choice with the most extreme examples, circumstances where you can argue that a person would have to be a monster to insist the woman had to carry out the pregnancy.
And I acknowledge that there are also a lot of people who are only pro-choice in the event of those dire circumstances, who only see it as an acceptable option when the situation is extreme.
But for the people who believe that a person should ALWAYS have the right to dictate what happens to their body, that circumstances are subjective and legally irrelevant, and that a clump of rapidly dividing cells is not more important than the life and livelihood of the fully-formed human being it is growing inside of…
Can we please start normalizing the idea that teenagers and rape victims are not the only ones who have legitimate reasons to get an abortion?
Alternative, equally legitimate reasons include:
- they can’t afford to support a(nother) child
- they can’t provide a safe, stable environment
- they might want children, but good gods not right now!
- having a baby would mean derailing their life
- they just don’t want children (and/or think that bringing a child into a world where they are unwanted would be cruel)
- pregnancy and childbirth would be psychologically damaging (such as for trans men experiencing body dysphoria)
- they rely on medication which can’t be taken while pregnant
There are LOTS of reasons why a person might choose to get an abortion (or even just consider it), and from a pro-choice perspective, all of them should be equally valid.