So yes, I heckled some abortion protesters today.
Their signs were just so stupid. In front of the parade of them were women carrying signs “I regret my abortion.” I’m genuinely sorry that you had to experience that situation and regret, but why should that make me want to outlaw abortion? The fact that YOU regretted your choice is awful, but not a reason for me to defund it.
Behind them were women carrying signs that said “Women regret their abortions.” Well no shit. Even people who were glad to have it done regret that it had to be done. Even women whose lives were saved by abortions (more on that later) regret that it happened. The women up there regret their’s. Still not a reason to make it illegal.
And then the “Abortion kills people” signs. War kills people. Walking too close to traffic kills people. Life kills people. Abortion terminates fetuses. Even if that fetus is a life, it doesn’t have a life. It doesn’t have obligations, families to take care of or grander things to do in the world, not yet.
But abortion sometimes saves lives. And those lives are worth saving. Those lives have lives; they have children who need fed, jobs that need done, friends who love them. Those lives are more important. And that’s a statement I stand by. Theoretical magical “potential” of a life is a moot point; there’s a life that already serves a role and needs protecting here.
Not every abortion is medically necessary. Most of them aren’t. But some of them are. And those abortions at very least should be funded, should be legal and should be easily accessible.
This isn’t an issue of morality or faith or ethics. You can lose two lives or one.
Likewise, defunding Planned Parenthood means preventing women from getting access to cervical cancer screenings, mammograms and STI/STD treatments. Those people can either die from their diseases (and spread them,) or those lives can be saved. It’s up to you, voter.
Edit to add: I want to put this out there. I FEEL how important your convictions are to you, whether they’re religious or moral. I acknowledge that importance. But I feel like religious and moral objections shouldn’t block anyone’s access to healthcare when it’s necessary. In other circumstances, I believe it’s more murky. But I want to be able to have a blood transfusion, for instance.