Our nation is constantly debating a woman's right to choose an abortion. Most of us feel that, in many cases, a woman should, along with her doctor, decide the suitability of termination of a pregnancy. This past election cycle the nation had two presidential candidates with opposing viewpoints regarding the issue. Many of us believe (some of us as a matter of faith) that life begins at conception. Others believe life begins only at birth or at some point of the pregnancy. Despite our opposing viewpoints, the number of abortions is dramatically excessive considering the wealth and resources of this republic. According to Ellen Goodman, a columnist for many newspapers, one out of three American women before the age of 45 has had an abortion. This figure may be inaccurate but it does appear the number of abortions in this country is excessive. Why do so many women feel the only solution to their unwanted pregnancy is termination?
Our nation has too many social and economic reasons for this phenomenon. There is no need to numerate the reasons. This nation must stop the taking of potential life as a matter of course. Abortion is not a method of birth control and harms society because it cheapens the value of all human life. We all began our wondrous journey of life in the womb regardless of the debate as to whether life begins at conception or later. To those who believe a woman's right to choose is sacrosanct, remember one of the major reasons for abortion in some societies is that the fetus is female. To others, it is only because the social stigma for family members of having one of their family members pregnant without benefit of matrimony is too onerous.
Our nation cannot go back to the days of back alley abortions. At the same time, can the nation survive when it cheapens life with the assertion that it can be a problem for which the sole solution is termination? All life issues are difficult and complicated. Termination of life must be a matter of last resource and not the first solution. Recently, films similar to Juno and Bella have addressed the issue of unwanted pregnancies with the solution being adoption and the decision to give the child an opportunity to live and flourish.
November is National Adoption Month. There are few of us who are opposed to the concept of adoption. Our newly elected administration needs to make adoption a feasible alternative through increased tax credits for adopting couples.
It is imperative that both major political parties enact legislation (as both political parties' platforms promised) that encourages women to choose life over termination.
An adequate healthcare system, educational opportunities, adequate housing, and living wages will encourage this. Sex education that is detailed may also be helpful. To the right to life movement this is an opportunity to achieve fewer abortions through making both major parties live up to the promises of their platforms.