A Child is not just something or someone you give birth to, it is a responsibility you need to take care of for the rest of your life, its not about your religious morals, its about being prepared to do it right
In a given week, he might drive between Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi — states where anti-choice legislators are working to end abortion entirely with waves of new restrictions. He says, “What I’m doing is right, because it’s always right to help people.”
Whenever the topic of abortion comes up in my conservative Christian community, the inevitable response is, “Why don’t they just give it up for adoption?” I was raised with a halcyon vision of adoption being the most beautiful miracle that could emerge from an unintended pregnancy. Newborn adoption can be a wonderful blessing for many people. It is not, however, the perfect alternative to abortion that I had believed it was.
A significant increase in the number of people placing children for adoption would soon exhaust the supply of would-be adopters. As of 2002, only 614,000 people under age 45 had ever completed an adoption. Only a minority of these people adopted American newborns. Most adopted from foster care, from a relative, from a new spouse with children, or from other countries. If every person who got an abortion last year placed the child for adoption instead, the backlog of those looking to adopt would be wiped out in less than a year.
Adoption is expensive. Not just to the adopters, who must pay between $10,000 and $25,000 in the US to adopt a newborn, but to those placing a child as well. While placing a child for adoption is usually free, lost wages, loss to education, and health risks from pregnancy must be paid for.
Pregnancy can have a wide variety of negative health consequences including anemia, UTI’s, hypertension, diabetes, morning sickness, hemorrhoids, yeast infections, placental previa, placental abruption, preeclampsia, depression, and anxiety, in addition to the significant physical danger presented by childbirth.
Deciding to put a child up for adoption doesn’t save pregnant people from having their lives endangered by pregnancy. It doesn’t make the pregnancy symptom-free so that the pregnant person never has to miss a day of work. It doesn’t allow the baby to teleport out of the uterus at the end of gestation, saving the pregnant person from the experience of childbirth and having to take time off work to heal.
Having a child taken back by a birth parent who changes their mind is unspeakably painful for would-be adoptive parents. One woman I talked to described it as “the closest thing I’ve experienced to the death of a child.” Another woman had a baby girl taken back from her fifteen years ago. She said it still stung.
Most important, many people just don’t want to be pregnant. They could have tokophobia, or they could have prescriptions for medications that are inadvisable to take while pregnant, or they could have a job that they would likely lose if they continued a pregnancy, or they could be in an abusive relationship and need to abort in order to protect themselves, or they could just not want a foreign entity growing inside of them for nine months. Adoption is an alternative to being a parent. It is not an alternative to being pregnant.
We shouldn’t be defending Planned Parenthood by saying, “Only 3% of their services are abortion services.” Even if all Planned Parenthood did was abortions, it would still be legal, it would still be our right, and it would still be defensible.
I feel like a lot of abortion debates are becoming based on feelings, emotions, and subjective morality. I’m not looking for an ugly knock out drag out debate, i just want to discuss hard facts about abortion and see where this goes.
“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the most important abortion case in decades. If they allow the Texas abortion law to go into effect, access to safe and legal abortion for millions of women may be in jeopardy not only in Texas but also in other states, where lawmakers will feel they have a blank check to pass even more and worse anti-abortion laws.This is the biggest threat to abortion rights we’ve faced in decades. Tell the world where YOU stand. Add your name to our open letter today.”
THIS IS REAL, PEOPLE!!!! NOT A DRILL. SIGN THE PETITION
I’m back with more Canva edits, this time with more anger
I constantly rant about this to my friends and with the expected return of the ‘pro-life’ protesters outside my high school, and my hopes to stand out there and protest in solidarity right back at them, I made these.
Aside from the fact that life begins at conception, and all life is beautiful and valuable:
I’ve had conversations with people who actually believe that abortion at 9 months is okay. (I want you to really think about that. Think about slapping your nine moth old newborn baby in the face. Would it hurt? Think how bad an abortion would hurt.)
Women in other countries can be forced to have abortions.
We have a president who does NOT support the Born Alive act and actively voted against it before he was elected president.(The Born Alive act offers protection and medical care to babies who survive abortions)
There are several cases of babies being born after abortions and being left to die in closets of hospitals because that’s how little we value infant life. (Infanticide is murder, in case ya’ll forgot)
Doctors have done studies on babies in the womb and figured out that yes, they are capable of feeling pain.
People can decide they want a boy child and abort their baby girl over and over again to get it right.
I have heard testimonials from women who have had abortions and have reported that they could hear their baby screaming. (Whether it really happened or was because of the emotional bond between mother and child, that’s really something to take into consideration)
People can decide a disabled child isn’t worthy of life and abort it. If that isn’t a slap in the face to me and every other disabled person I don’t know what is.
I’m against the gross dismemberment of defenceless children, NO MATTER WHAT.
Abortion takes a child away from the father. Yeah, remember the father? He’s 50% the reason that the child is even there? It’s his flesh and blood and he gets no say in it. ABORTION IS NOT A WOMANS RIGHT.
ABORTION. IS. NOT. BIRTH. CONTROL. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CHOICES.
Funny how everyone who is pro choice has already had the privilege of being born.
I’ve seen the photos. And if you haven’t, maybe that’s the reason you’re still pro choice.
Hey everyone. Friendly reminder: Planned Parenthood was NOT defunded yet. Obama is going to veto the bill, Obama’s veto hand strong. Republifucks just spent days upon days passing this almost pointless “symbolic” bill representing their hatred for healthcare options for no reason. They could be doing something productive but nah, they really want healthcare to regress into some 1800’s bullshit. Sit back and laugh as Obama throws their shit in the trash. Oh, and register to vote dammit so we can keep throwing these damn anti-choice “bills” in the trash.