One of the most e-mailed stories on Yahoo! News today is Killings of Newborn Babies on the Rise in Pakistan. And a comment I’ve seen a lot is “So? It happens all the time here in America.” Of course, they’re referring to abortion. Nope. Not the same thing. Abortion is “the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.” Infanticide is “the act of killing an infant.” The difference should be obvious.
I am pro-choice. If you thought “duh” because I’m a liberal, there are some who are not pro-choice. I believe in a woman’s right to choose whether or not she wants to continue a pregnancy. After all, the embryo or fetus is dependent upon the mother for its growth and survival. She has to go through this. Whether or not she chooses to is not up to me, you, or the government.
This is where I don’t understand Conservative thinking. Many Conservatives want less government intrusion. What is more intrusive than telling a woman what she can or can’t do with her own body? Also, some of these women have abortions because they are not financially ready or able to raise a child. If they had these children and had to go on public assistance, would they be branded “Welfare Queens?”
I know, “adoption,” right? I admire women who go this route, but I won’t demonize the women who don’t either. They have to go through pregnancy, labor, and delivery only to give their child away. It’s a tough decision, but her decision.
One of the things I hate is being called pro-abortion. I don’t jump up and down when I hear of a woman who has one. And I certainly don’t support forced abortions. In October of last year, a pregnant woman in China was taken kicking and screaming to have an abortion one month before her due date. She violated China’s “One-Child Policy.” This is absolutely horrific. This is a case of the government being able to control what a woman does with her own body. This woman chose to carry to term and was robbed of her choice.
People ask where I draw the line, if I do. I draw the line at the viability of the fetus outside of the mother’s womb. If it can survive, then abortion shouldn’t be an option. There is a huge difference between having an abortion if you are 2 months pregnant and being 8 months pregnant. A 2 month old fetus can not survive outside a woman’s body.
That article illustrating what is going on in Pakistan is heart-breaking. Posters on the comment section say that women who are pro-abortion (grrrrr) don’t get to be sad and are hypocritical if we are. Bull poo poo. I am sad that these babies died because the mother felt she had no other option. I am sad that the women did not know there was an orphanage in Karachi that encourages them to drop off their babies there. I am sad that women are so devalued that baby girls are being killed more often boys are. I am sad when I see the lifeless bodies of these babies being carried away.
I am sad when women are demonized for making choices concerning their bodies. I am sad when women are forced to abort just because being pregnant violates some government policy. And I am sad when I see newborns being killed because the mothers didn’t have the choice to have a safe, legal abortion.
And I’ll be sad when I go on the Yahoo! Comment Section, post, and be called a baby killer. Actually, no. I’ll be pissed off.