Reminder: Abortion Saves Lives

16 Dec

I generally don’t acknowledge the haters, the violent threats, and anger in emails and responses to the pro-choice articles and blog posts I have written over the years, but today I feel compelled to respond with a reminder to everyone in the movement, sympathizers and the anti-choice readers: abortion saves lives. Furthermore, threats over email, in comment threads, or to my face won’t make me back down. Pro-choice advocacy isn’t going anywhere, not now, not after so many battles have been won and lost.

A friend of mine just informed me that she and her husband have decided to begin trying for a baby. How amazing for them, and such a happy time, too, because they have both chosen the time that’s right for their family to have a child. Their decision has come after much deliberation, planning, and consideration- probably how it should be for all parents. But as we all know, this isn’t how many children come into this world.

Many pregnancies are unplanned, mine was, and I know first hand the internal and external struggle to make my (emphasis on that word, readers) choice: abortion, adoption, or parent. Ultimately, I chose to stay pregnant and now have the most wonderful seven year old boy. But what if I had another child between his birth and now? Would I still be in college? What would our standard of living be? Do I want to travel? Birth control and abortion have allowed me not to fret about those very real questions. My life is better and consequently, so is my son’s, because I have the option to pursue my goals, dreams, aspirations, and express myself sexually (if I so choose) without having to fear becoming pregnant, and knowing that if by some stroke of bad luck, I became pregnant I would not have to remain if I did not so choose.

That’s the beauty of reproductive freedom: we women don’t have to have our uteri and fallopian tubes chained up in anti-choicer’s dogma. And I think ultimately that’s what drives a lot of the anti-choice vitriol. Because we women dare to imagine a world where our bodies are ours alone, where the organs inside of us don’t dictate what decisions we can make in our lives, where morality is not universal and based upon that same organ.

My life today, the ability to sit here and type this post is a direct result of the advances made by pro-choice advocates throughout the years – before and after Roe v. Wade. Some may say the rights of the cells that could potentially implant themselves inside an organ I was born with but did not ask for are more important than my own, I say no they’re not. Some may feel that because our morals and beliefs do not align I am evil, a murderer, or some other vile thing, I say the work I do and those on this site saves lives of women.

Too many lives are at stake, women’s freedom and quality of life are at risk. And it is that very fact that means this movement, our cause, despite threats will not go away.

9 Responses to “Reminder: Abortion Saves Lives”

  1. 'Nother-Son-O'-Ursus December 16, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    I’m a retired A-E.M.T.-4-Paramedic, A.C.L.S., who has managed ‘placenta-previa’, (1), ‘abruptio-placenta’, (1), GSW & other abdominal-trauma in the setting of pregnancy, (quite-a-few!), and more-than-a-few-deliveries…
    I support this site!
    Though I’m currently ‘unemployed’, (…’F/t-employment for this middle-aged-American-citizen being, (apparently), considered a ‘crime’, to be prevented at all – costs, by the U.S. government, I will juggle my finances, (such as they be), to contribute.

    Maybe I can send a few of the dollars that have been absent, (since my re-affiliation to Wotan.Centric.Neopaganism), from the (Christian) collection-plate over these past 35-40 years!

  2. Sarah December 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    “And I think ultimately that’s what drives a lot of the anti-choice vitriol. Because we women dare to imagine a world where our bodies are ours alone, where the organs inside of us don’t dictate what decisions we can make in our lives, where morality is not universal and based upon that same organ.”

    I agree. Why else would so many male public figures get so insanely angry about the pro-choice movement? Why is it so offensive to them to trust that women know best about their own bodies? Why is it so hard to believe that the only person that is qualified to make that choice is the person that will have to live with that choice forever?

  3. Lisa's Truth December 17, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I agree with you wholeheartedly Sophia- contraception DOES improve the quality of a woman’s life, AND the quality of MEN’S lives too. That’s the idea of feminism. Pursuing your dream, regardless of gender, marital status, education, finances. Have children when you are ready to devote your life & resources to a baby… Or, remain childless.

    Interesting; for a country that espouses individual freedom, keeping Big Government out of our lives, etc we sure have a lot to say abt what our neighbors should or shouldn’t be doing.

    You keep rockin it, girl. You can stand on my shoulders and the shoulders of the women who blazed the reproductive freedom trail for you. I would be disappointed if your generation did anything less!

  4. kristen December 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Do you have any evidence or examples of abortion saving anyone’s life? I’d really like to hear stories from women who’s lives were saved if you have any. Thanks.

  5. Steph December 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    Hi Kristen,

    There are many examples of abortion saving a woman’s life. According to Planned Parenthood: “There are a variety of health conditions in which abortion may become critical to protect a woman’s life. There is, for example, a form of pregnancy-related high blood pressure that can be life threatening. The medical term for it is preeclampsia. It occurs in seven percent of pregnant women. If it is untreated or doesn’t respond to treatment, it can lead to convulsions, failure of various organ systems, coma, or death. Abortion may be the only way to save the woman’s life.

    Certain other conditions, such as severe diabetes, heart disease, or trauma from car accidents, may also require abortion to save a woman’s life. Termination of pregnancy is also essential to save the life of a woman with an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.”

    Also of note is that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife had an abortion to save her life. Additionally, when abortion is illegal, women often risk their lives getting unsafe procedures. These are but a few examples of MANY cases in which legal, safe, accessible abortion saves women’s lives.

  6. Sarah December 19, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    @ Steph: I don’t like Mitt, but I don’t think that’s true–that Mitt Romney’s wife had an abortion to save her life. The link you provided said nothing about that…

  7. amazonfeet December 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    @Steph: Marfan’s Syndrome, an inherited connective tissue disorder. I nearly died from a Marfan’s related dissection. No one has the right to make me risk another one. I would only have gotten pregnant from a rape, and I would not have deserved death for being a victim of a violent crime. I was lucky enough to develop pre cancer and needed a hysterectomy last year. The same people minding everyone’s business but their own have also been cutting the social services safety net to ribbons. I thought I would die before I got SSDI. I am ineligible for most state aid, due to the political BS by all the good Christians out there, and the thought of them praying for me makes me want to vomit. I cleaned toilets in a Southern Baptist megachurch in Florida for nine years. They are all arrogant and condescending and I want them to just leave me alone. Great site you have here…Thank you…

  8. amazonfeet December 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    P.S. Women like me are why you do what you do. You are reaching people and doing a necessary life saving work. Thank you from the bottom of my mended heart, which lies close by my ascending aorta made of surgically grafted dacron, which is attached to a carbon pyrolite mechanical aortic valve…

  9. Steph L December 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm #

    @Kristen

    Ectopic pregnancy. My grandfather’s first two wives died from ectopic pregnancies. An abortion would have saved them.

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