Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pro Education, Bi Partisan

Powerful images, heartfelt stories and political controversies have changed the way this generation views abortion. Who would not want to be a part of a movement called Pro Life? But, in the same breath who would want to knowingly take away their own choices?

I do support the end of abortion, but I do not support the end of my choice to get one.  At this point of my life, as a 23-year-old woman, if I became pregnant from a consensual sex act then I would not choose to get an abortion. I am old enough to be held responsible for my sex life and I am educated enough to be able to handle that responsibility.

If you support the end of abortion like I do, then support sexual education. It is ironic that the very people who call themselves pro life, are also largely in support of abstinence only education, when it is the lack of sexual education that puts many young girls in the position to need an abortion in the first place. Thanks to President Barack Obama, from now on schools will only take on proven methods of sex education with teen pregnancy prevention programs. But if the parents and kids at home do not support the sexual education and guidance of children from day one, there will always be a great need for abortion.

Even if we realize that life does start from conception, remember that in many cases it’s a matter of the child dying in utero or in a back alley trashcan. Abortion is something more traumatizing for women than most people who have never had one would realize. You don’t have to scare people on the streets with signs of pictures with aborted fetuses for a person to understand the weight of abortion. All you need is realistic sex education in and outside of the household.

My wish is that every woman who was ever pregnant would be able to have her child with pride and preparedness. But without a thorough sex education program, describing the difference between love and sex, between sex and foreplay, between  using condoms and not and the tools for men and women to protect themselves such as self defense and birth control methods, we will never get to that point. Not until Pro Choice and Pro Lifers get together and work towards a common goal. Educating the old, young and in between about the realities of sex, birth and individual sexuality.

 • Of the approximately 750,000 teen pregnancies that occur each year, 82% are unintended. More than one-quarter end in abortion- Lindberg LD, Changes in formal sex education: 1995–2002, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(4):182–189.

• Approximately 14% of the decline in teen pregnancy between 1995 and 2002 was due to teens’ delaying sex or having sex less often, while 86% was due to an increase in sexually experienced teens’ contraceptive use- Lindberg LD, Changes in formal sex education: 1995–2002, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(4):182–189.

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  1. All abstinence does is tell a bunch of teenagers what not to do. And we all know what winds up happening with that.

    On a musical note, there's a song by a group called Flipsyde that deals with the pain and remorse of abortion called Happy Birthday. Most depressing rap song I think I've ever heard.

  2. wow, ur right, that was a very touching song. people think its so easy. if only they knew, we wouldnt have to make abortion illegal, people would make their own choices.

  3. Where is the father's say in all this and don't the babies have a say. I think yes on both accounts.

    The creation of a baby is a joint effort and thus should be a joint decision. I believe abortion should be something reserved for emergency situations only, the eminent death of the mother if birth occurs. Some women are irresponsible and use abortion as a form of birth control, at the expense of her unborn child.

    A baby is a gift from GOD and is to be loved, cherished and respect as such.


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