I’ve never really thought about a world without abortion. When I was born, “Roe v. Wade” was the law of the land, and it has been ever since. I actually have a hard time imagining what life would be like without abortion as an option. People are so passionate about abortion now. So many people get them now. Some people even vote based on whether or not a president is pro-life or pro-choice. A world without abortion? Seems ancient and foreign to me.
Throughout high school, middle school, and even the later years of elementary school, we had health classes that explored the topic of pregnancy. We were taught different methods of birth control, as well as three options if a girl were to get pregnant: keep the baby, adoption, and abortion. We could, and still can, recite these options in our sleep.
And even now as I watch television shows, those three options are still prominent, whether it’s reality TV, or fictional shows. I was watching “Army Wives” the other day, and this topic came up. A high-ranking female officer became pregnant and didn’t want to give up her career, so she decided to get an abortion. She actually didn’t go through with the abortion after hearing the heartbeat and seeing the ultrasound—which is one of the reasons I love the show. But this scene demonstrates that abortion IS an option even on more conservative shows, one that is just assumed.
Meanwhile, reality shows not only show abortion as an obvious and practical option, but even in a positive light. For example, the MTV show “Teen Mom” is hosted by a well-known internist called Dr. Drew. When interviewing the moms on the “after-show” he asks each girl whether they did one of three things: kept the baby, put it up for adoption, or had an abortion. Each of the three options is weighted equally, and none of the three options is worse than the other. It turns out Dr. Drew and the rest of MTV are trying to break the stigma attached with having an abortion. In their minds and in the minds of many Americans, it is better to terminate a pregnancy than to have a baby that is not wanted. Why? Because that baby will become a drug addict or a criminal or a high-school dropout if it is born to parents who don’t want it . . . or so it is assumed.
As a college student, I have seen firsthand what this acceptance of abortion looks like in real life. Many (probably most) girls in college don’t think twice about having sex. They get drunk at frat parties, have a one-night stand, and never talk to the guy again. What’s holding them back? If a girl isn’t on birth control, she can just get an abortion. If the condom failed, she can just get an abortion. Easy solution. No wonder girls are so reckless these days. What’s worse, though, is that college girls think they have the right to be reckless.
About a month ago, I gave a presentation about Todd Akin and his infamous rape comment. In no way was I supporting what he said (girls can and do get pregnant from rape), but I did think that liberal media outlets completely blew his comment out of proportion; Akin did not mean his comment in an offensive way, but rather had read a book and cited a doctor. So, my presentation was slightly more conservative than my liberal professor would have liked it, and many of my female classmates quickly got heated during my talk. (I go to the University of Missouri, and since Akin was a Missouri representative, many of the girls voted against him). I had many ask me how I could “go against everything females have worked so hard to achieve,” and how I, as a female, don’t support the “rights to my own body.” It was unthinkable that I would let the government tell me what I can and cannot do with my own body. What these girls didn’t understand were two things:
I was able to defend my answers because although society has always told me I had three options when it comes to pregnancy, my faith told me that I had only one. Every life is a gift from God. Every life has a purpose. Even though I’ve never known a world without abortion, I understand that.