I’ve written before about my personal ambivalence regarding abortion, yet I still side firmly with the pro-choice movement and a new study perfectly illustrates why.
As Jezebel reports, if you’re pro-life, you may want abortions to remain legal because, as a new study shows, if you want women to have more abortions, just make them illegal.
The report, published in The Lancet, found that the number of abortions performed worldwide has decreased in the past decade.
It also found abortion rates highest in countries that limit contraception and have tight restrictions on abortion. Not only that, but nearly half of all abortions in the world are unsafe. Half! According to CBS, with 12 abortions per 1,000 women, abortion rates are the lowest in Western Europe and highest in Eastern Euopre at 43 per 1,000. The rate in North America is 19 per 1,000.
As mentioned, the report found a link between higher abortion rates and regions, like Latin America and Africa, with the most restrictive abortion policies It’s those countries in which 95 to 97 percent of abortions are unsafe.
Jezebel says it better than I can:
The evil, godless, socialists with their low birth rates and secular public spaces, the European nightmare, actually produces fewer abortions than all those countries that are doing what God/The Pope want by limiting women’s contraceptive options? And making abortions illegal isn’t actually saving any babies at all? What, exactly, do abortion-restricting laws do for women?
Well, abortion restrictions certainly help injure women. The researchers’ report estimates that 47,000 women die of abortion-related complications per year, and another 8.5 million experience non-fatal but serious complications.
Point is, according to this study, making abortions illegal isn’t saving anyone, INCLUDING BABIES. Not only does making abortions illegal apparently lead to more abortions, but it hurts women. Former Babble writer and staunch Christian, Katae Tietje understood as she illustrates in How I Can Hate Abortion and Not Want It Illegal.
There you have it. A similar opinion on abortion from two women who are virtually opposite in every way of thinking. What are your thoughts?