Let me start off by saying: no one likes or enjoys abortion. The decision is rarely made lightly. Options are weighed. Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life (especially if you are pro-life), work towards appropriate preventative care measures. Get out there and take action. Help create beneficial preventative measures like comprehensive education on sex and reproductive health, increased access to contraception, allow better understanding of our bodies, be open and honest with children on sex and their bodies. Making things illegal has never stopped things from happening (i.e. drunk driving, sexual assault, robbery occurs every day). Instead, ensure we are all taking action for prevention to help limit and lower the amount of abortions happening. Get to the source. Shaming women helps nothing. People can debate about whether or not a fetus is more than a clump of cells but that helps nothing.
Our foster care systems are filled with children. Social workers are over-worked and underpaid. Mental health is increasingly depleting. Children are growing up without a nuclear family. Children are being abused. Parents are struggling financially while the cost of living increases. Daycare costs are extremely expensive. Birth changes you physically and mentally. Postpartum depression is hardly taken care of in the way it needs to. Violence occurs daily. Families have to rely on welfare support. How can we begin to combat all of that? Will infanticide and suicide rates increase when people are forced into parenthood? Will poverty rates rise? Will mental health decrease? Will death rates increase? Have the implications and impacts been looked into and all things considered?
The best thing we can begin to work towards and agree on is prevention to reduce unintended pregnancies and supporting the ones who need our support. According to Vox, “Colorado, for example, provided birth control for little or no cost to low-income women across the state. "Between 2009 and 2013, it saw the state’s teen pregnancy rate decline by more than 40 percent— the sharpest drop in the country over that time period.”
Abortions will continue, yet they will be more dangerous. Consider abortions throughout American History. According to the World Health Organization, aside from death and disability, $553 million was spent treating “serious consequence of unsafe abortions” and an additional $375 million would be “required to meet the unmet need for treatment of complications of unsafe abortions.”
What is the Abortion Ban?
Currently, abortions are still legal and safe in Alabama. The bill won’t take affect for at least six months. However, the bill does not allow any exceptions for anyone suffering with an incest or rape situation and puts doctors at risk of prison for 99 years. The only exception is if the mother’s life is in jeopardy. It’s the most restrictive bill in the country.
Currently, the Supreme Court is majority conservative. The Alabama bill’s intention is to go in front of the Supreme Court in order to challenge Roe v. Wade and hopefully overturn it. Alabama State Representative Terry Collins said, “This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn, because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection.”
What Can Be Done?
Focus on prevention.