For the longest time of my life, I was pro-life. I believed that abortion was murder and that women who had abortions were just trying to erase the consequences of their own actions.
I realize now how incredibly wrong I was.
In that thought process is the assumption that every unwed woman who gets pregnant did so through consensual sex. She was the one who decided not to take birth control or make her boyfriend wear a condom. She was the one who decided to have unprotected sex. That thought process erases any victims of rape.
What if the woman in question DIDN’T consent? What if her boyfriend/father/brother/uncle/cousin/husband/professor/teacher/coach/etc. took her by force? What if he lied to her and told her he was wearing a condom when he wasn’t? What if a guy took advantage of her while she was drunk? What if he drugged her?
Also, the pro-life argument completely erases ANY responsibility for the male in the equation. It takes two people to have sex. Two people to conceive. If you’re wanting to force a woman to carry the fetus to term and care for it for the first 18 years of life, then why not force the man who got her pregnant to do the same? It is just as much his responsibility as it is hers.
While I personally don’t believe I would or could ever have an abortion, I also recognize the fact that I have absolutely no right to tell another woman what she can and cannot do with her own body.
It’s not pro-life vs. pro-murder. It’s about a woman’s right to control her own body. The fact that a bunch of middle aged white right wing conservative men are trying to tell us what we can and cannot do with our own bodies is ridiculous.