I’m getting sick of it.
Sick of measure after measure, new legal stipulation after stipulation passing, aimed at limiting access to abortion—locally and nationally—like this past week’s Foxx amendment, which ensures that no tax dollars will be spent to train health-care providers to perform abortions. Abortion, mind them, remains a legal and crucial medical procedure for women in spite of the Draconian regulations suddenly being placed on it left and right.
A friend of mine—we’ll call her Rose—used to be on the other side of the argument. Like any good Catholic girl, she didn’t believe in abortion. Until, just as she neared her 17th birthday, the morning sickness kicked in. A hospital visit, and there it was: Her birth control had failed due to a drug interaction. She was pregnant.
“I was upset, my mom was upset and we had to tell my dad. He was really, really upset,” she recounts now, several years later. Neither she and the father (her former long-term boyfriend), nor her parents (both worked full-time) were in any way equipped to care for a baby. “It was hard, but I decided [an abortion] was the best thing.”
And so I challenge those who stand against it without understanding, those who make the laws without being there, those who spit fire at anything pro-choice without ever having had to choose: Put yourselves in her shoes. If abortion means the end of what would have been (or, to some, already was) a new life, the question is still valid: What makes that life any more important than the woman’s life, forever altered and maybe hindered by the decision to have an unplanned child? What about all the people Rose will help—the lives she’ll save when she becomes a nurse—that wouldn’t have been, had she chosen otherwise?
The comments to this article really speak for themselves (3 of the 4 I read were in favor of abortion restriction). But she asked the question, so I’ll answer. What makes a baby’s life more important than a mother’s? Nothing, and absolutely no one said it’s more important. What is important, is having a life to begin with, however altered. And those alterations, like parenting and finishing school, like parenting and working as a nurse, well, we pro-lifers have an app for that, it’s called resources. Contact any pro-life organization, or any crisis pregnancy center, and they’ll have staff and volunteers waiting to help and meet your specific needs.
And as for Rose’s potential lives saved as the nurse she wouldn’t have been with a baby (though I can’t actually think of any nurses I know who don’t have children)…I’m kind of shocked to hear someone use potentiality as an argument for abortion. What makes those patient’s lives worth more than her baby’s? And what about all those potential lives her baby could have changed?
I’m sick of it.
Sick of person after person saying women need abortion.
So, here’s my question. What makes a life as a mother so seemingly worthless and hindered that we think abortion is the favorable alternative?
Don’t let them fool you ladies, we’re a capable lot.by