Guest Commentary / September 13, 2021

Abortion Has Become the New Birth Control

There have been more than 60 million abortions since Roe v. Wade became law. That’s almost a fifth of America’s population.

By Mary Eiland

The new Texas abortion law certainly is restrictive. It’s hard to believe the state wouldn’t have included an exception for the rare cases of pregnancy as a result of rape and/or incest. That having been said, some changes in the way people think concerning abortions bother me.

Whenever I read about the Texas law, something is said about restricting abortion after a heartbeat is detected, “before some women know they’re pregnant.”

Allow me to be sarcastic for a moment. Who are these women who don’t know to look out for a possible pregnancy after having unprotected sex? How many are there? Let’s find them and help them. Let’s teach them about their bodies and educate them about birth control methods (which are very effective). If they don’t want to be educated, or can’t be responsible, let’s keep them supplied with five packs of pregnancy tests (only $12) so they can just urinate on a strip to see if they got pregnant. Pregnancies can be detected days after inception, so there is plenty of time to get an abortion before the law would prohibit it.

And let’s be honest: We know these supposedly unaware women do not exist nowadays. What has really happened is abortion has become the new birth control. There have been more than 60 million abortions since Roe v. Wade became law. That’s almost a fifth of America’s population.

These woman are not clueless. They are completely aware they are having unprotected sex and what the possible result could be. They don’t think about using birth control, even though that’s the real first choice of a pro-choice woman. Many women just don’t want to bother with it, especially not any method that might put a crimp in their “spontaneity.” They’d rather roll the dice, and if they become pregnant, just end it, even if the life that’s forming inside them has arms and legs — and a heartbeat.

Because women have the right to do whatever they want with their own bodies, right?

But there is an inconvenient truth here. That life growing inside you is not your body. That future boy or girl might not even have the same blood type as you.

Terminating a pregnancy, before the cells form into a human with a heartbeat, doesn’t seem like a bad place to draw the line — for humanity.

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