Friday, February 03, 2006

PLANNED PARENTHOOD


Too many people have the idea that pro-choice means we are pro-babykillers and that is just not true. They talk about legislation to prevent a mother from having an abortion instead of doing something constructive to prevent unwanted pregnancy in the first place. Instead of harping so much on abortion, how about putting your effortsinto PLANNED PARENTHOOD and other educational organizations that will help young women learn not to get into these situations in the first place. This does not include telling men and women when or how they can have sex.

Statistics show that abortion is as big a problem for predominantly christian fundamentalist red states as for anywhere else.
78% of women having abortions report a religious affiliation. Fundamentalist christians don't want to teach their daughters and sons about using protection because they fear it will encourage premarital sex. Well, I went to a Baptist church for a couple of years as a teenager and let me tell you, those kids were as horny as any heathen, and sex education or no sex education, teenage hormones are out of control all too often. We can teach our children abstinence, but unless you chain them up to their bedposts and hire a 24-hour guard you can't guarantee what they are going to do when they are alone with their girlfriend/boyfriends.

Educated and realistic-thinking people actually know how to prevent a pregnancy. As a 51 year old mother who has raised three children, I have taught my three to practice safe sex and how to use a condom and other forms of birth control. We talked about birth control and they have been very responsible and are now in their mid 20s. My kids are pro-choice also, but they all say abortion is not an option they would choose. Kids here in Chicagoland are provided with sex education classes starting at 5th grade. Parents usually follow up at home.


I don't like the idea of abortion, but banning abortion is
a wasted effort from a legal standpoint. Women were having abortions far more often in the old days when it was illegal than in the present. Only when it is legal is it safe. I don't want young women to have to resort to dark alleys and unclean procedures again. Banning the procedure is not going to stop women from having abortions. These are our nations daughters and we don't want to see a double tragedy either. Safety of the mother is a big concern. The fundies would say "let her die, it serves her right", which is not a very loving attitude at all.

So, what is the solution then? Kill or jail the desperate woman who has an abortion because she didn't think it would happen to her? Tell her she must give up work and live on the streets and have her baby and not be able to feed it? Instead of a hateful approach, how about a lot understanding on a personal level instead of all this talking about legislation etc. As even conservative President Bush said last night in his SOTU address..abortion rates are on the decline despite abortion being legalized.
The decline was greatest for 15-17-year-olds, women in the highest income category, those with college degrees and those with no religious affiliation. Increased efforts are needed to help both adolescent women and adult women of all economic statuses avoid unintended pregnancies. I suggest putting more effort into education and prevention if you really want to do something productive. Where is some of that "christian" kindness and helpfulness? Instead of fighting over legalities, why can't we work together to eliminate the need for abortion entirely..
An Overview of Abortion in the United States

6 comments:

Cassandra said...

It seems that the biggest fear in this country is education. Education leads to thinking for yourself and questioning.

Excellent piece!!

Alan said...

Right on Sister!

A lot of people in this country are 'Fetus Worshipers'. They will fall all over themselves to protect a fetus, while voting to cut public help for unmarried moms and children. Hypocrites!

JustinOther said...

The christian right just wants to control all they can. They have been doing this since they decided which books to include or not include in the bible. It is all a matter of control. It is really unfortunate that this even needs to be a debate. What happened to live and let live. If you are pro-life, then have the child. If you are pro-choice, then DECIDE whether or not to have the child. I am sick of these religious extremists (no, not muslims) interfering in all aspects of public life. Go to your church, worship your imaginary friend and leave me out of it.

Thanks, I feel better now.

Stardust said...

I agree Justin...it is all about control and wanting things to be their way or the highway. It's how christianity got started in the first place...without Constantine IIs and other political leaders of the time who saw christianity as a vehicle for gaining support and trust of the people, Christianity most likely have died out. Christianity has always been at the forefront of Imperialism, Colonialism and political control.

Stardust said...

Another point, if they get their way with abortion, then they will be in our bedrooms dictating to everyone about when and how they can have sex according to their own "moral code"! (I am sure there are sects of christianity who don't want this that happen either.) Then it will go to what you can teach our children about sex. And it just grows and grows if we don't stand firm and fight for individual rights. (I know someone will come on here and say what about the right of the unborn baby? My answer to that is WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO HELP IF YOU ARE SO CONCERNED?) BANNING ABORTION WILL NOT STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING SEX AND HAVING ABORTIONS. Look at historical facts. Education works, banning isn't going to stop abortion.

JustinOther said...

Big Brother. The christian right are the thought police. And you're right, they're not far away from controlling all aspects of reproduction. One of these days, you won't be able to find a condom in a store.