After arguing that girls who sleep around deserve to get pregnant, the second worst argument for banning abortions, or making getting an abortion more difficult are those who claim to know women who “use abortions as birth control.” First of all, yes, abortions are a form of birth control – obviously. Assuming that they are referring to women that actually are flagrantly having unprotected sex and having abortion after abortion after abortion (dubious), even so, who are any of us to put a cap on the reproductive assistance other women should receive? Even if it did make sense to judge another woman’s choices, should a very small minority of women be the deciding factor for whether this medical procedure should be available to the rest of our gender?
Consider: It’s a well documented fact that a wide variety of household cleaning supplies can be used to get high, damaging brain cells, and even causing death. I still walk into the supermarket and buy aerosol room freshening spray if I want to. Should I have to get a license for toilet bowl cleaner or a spray to make my house smell like fresh laundry? It’s possible to concoct a wide variety of deadly potions using over the counter cold syrup and other medications. I can still buy most over the counter medications on a shelf, the others are handed to me over the counter – is it reasonable to have to get a prescription for Tylenol? Some people drive drunk and kill other people – perhaps these same anti-choicers think we should give up driving since some people choose to drive drunk.
Of course these aren’t reasonable scenarios – they are absurd, and so is positing that just because you may judge another woman’s choices as being extreme and abusing a privilege, that abortion should be outlawed. Having access to reproductive health options, including abortion, is not a privilege – its a mental and physical health necessity. Being pro-choice means that you make your choice, I make mine, and every other woman gets to make hers. Educating each other on less invasive options is absolutely an excellent idea – every woman should know what her choices are – and choices means that she can pick any, none, or a combination thereof over the course of her lifetime, just like I can, and just like you can.