Let’s imagine for a moment that the women of this country are denied access to birth control and that abortion is no longer an option. We now live in a country where any woman who becomes pregnant has to give birth to that child, regardless of circumstance. How would that affect the country? More importantly, how would that affect the millions of moderates and conservatives screaming for less government involvement/socialism in our country?
If woman are not allowed to take measures in their personal lives to prevent pregnancy, this would certainly not limit government involvement in the personal lives of our nation’s citizens.
Each year nearly a million teenage women become pregnant in the U.S., one million babies born every year to young women who are either financially and or emotionally incapable of providing for those children. One in ten American teenage women becomes pregnant before the age of 20.
Abortion lowers crime. Some estimates claim that legalized abortion accounted for as much as 50% of the drop in murder, property crime, and violent crime between 1973 and 2001. Teenage girls, unmarried women, and poor women are more likely to have unintended pregnancies. Unwanted babies are often raised poor, increasing their chances of leading criminal lives in adulthood.
How would our country address these issues if women were denied the right to have an abortion?
Adoption -With an increase in births, the likelihood of these children all finding a home is not very realistic. Many children would wind up in the system, either foster care or the reestablishment of orphanages, millions of children now the sole responsibility of the U.S. government.
Welfare – The children who did stay with their mother would likely still require financial and medical assistance for the family. The government would wind up assuming financial responsibility for children born to women who are not capable of providing for them on their own.
From welfare to foster care to incarceration, all of this increases the need for government involvement in the lives of individual citizens. It could result in the implementation of more socialist government structure with the institution of orphanages and more government assistance not to mention the increased likelihood that women forced to have children before they are prepared to provide for and care for them could significantly impact the their chances for success in the future.
Forcing women to have children would not decrease government but increase it. The government would be assuming responsibility for rearing our countries unwanted children. They role of the government would be more prominent in the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens. If the goal is to limit government in the everyday lives of its citizens making abortion illegal is not the way to achieve it.
Posted by trjensen on April 11, 2012
One of the most confusing points conservatives make regarding women’s rights in The United States is the one of cost. The idea that it is too costly to make birth control easily accessible or free is convoluted. A responsible woman who knows using protection is a better alternative to unwanted pregnancy should be denied birth control just because she can’t afford it?
Sex is a natural part of being human. By their 19th birthday, seven in ten female and male teens have had intercourse. Being responsible enough to know that you are not prepared to have a child and taking measures to prevent pregnancy should be viewed as a responsible line of thinking. The idea is that providing the precautionary tools to prevent these pregnancies should be worth the money spent. The alternative could be much more costly.
Denying a woman access to birth control and making abortion illegal would result in women being forced to have babies. These subsequent births could result in years of financial assistance provided by the government and risk of neglected or displaced children. Years of government assistance and/or children being placed in the custody of child services (thus making the financial responsibility of the government) would prove far more costly than providing birth control to women.
The idea that providing birth control to women is too costly seems ridiculous considering the current alternatives in place. Providing access to birth control and funding to organizations like Planned Parenthood promotes responsibility and healthy sexual behavior. It also cuts the cost of potential long-term support that result from the huge increase in unwanted pregnancies.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. – Benjamin Franklin.
Posted by trjensen on April 10, 2012
I live in a country that I appreciate because we are allowed some freedoms many countries are not. In my country, women without means have access to birth control. Women can terminate a pregnancy if necessary without threat of being criminalized or having to risk an illegal procedure that can be life threatening and dangerous.
These rights are under attack. It has been proposed that abortion be made illegal, that our government shouldn’t pay for birth control. I have been having conversations about this lately and many people feel that the implementation of these proposals would be constructive and beneficial to our government, economy and the moral integrity of our countries citizens.
Many base their support of this proposed legislation on religion. I am not religious but I have a good moral compass. We live in country that was founded on the idea that church and state should be separated. The church should have no weight in regard to legislation or its implementation. The idea that our citizens’ personal religious belief supersedes a woman’s decision to end a pregnancy is a direct contradiction to constitutional law.
If you don’t want to have an abortion and would never consider terminating a pregnancy because you believe it would be a sin then don’t have an abortion. That doesn’t give you a right to force your ideology onto the female citizens of this country who may see it as the best option for their future.
Women have abortions for many reasons. Women have abortions because their birth control failed. Women have abortions because they have been victims of sex crimes. Women have abortions because they are incapable of caring for or raising a child. Most women don’t have abortions in lieu of birth control.
The idea that most women in this country have abortions because they are careless and irresponsible is insulting and bias insinuation based on fundamentalist using religion to defend their sexist attitudes toward women and their individual freedoms. Access to birth control keeps the number of pregnancies terminated down and abortion provides an alternative to women who may not be ready for or capable of caring for child.
These rights are important and have great deal to do with why I am glad I was born in this country. As our country begins to allow our rights as citizens to come under scrutiny based on the beliefs of some, we as American citizens have an obligation to stand up and defend those being attacked. Religion shouldn’t dictate how our government views women. Our government should protect women. Hopefully it will continue to do so.
Posted by trjensen on April 9, 2012