Kendall Kindred Kendall is the Editor and Staff Writer at TFP.
By now you've seen just about every crazy myth about abortion. I put together a list of some of the most common ones and disproved them for you. (Plus I included links, just in case you want a second or third opinion.)
MYTH: Adoption is always a better option than abortion. FACT: For some women, adoption is a great choice, but for many others, the adoption process is exhausting, and is often the woman’s last choice. Many women experience symptoms of grief for years following the birth of the child. In addition, the number of adoptions versus abortions performed is vastly disproportionate, more women choosing adoption over abortion would likely result in the placement of children in the foster care system rather than adoptive homes. Currently, there are nearly 400,000 children in the foster care system, and only half of them have plans for permanent placement. If abortions become harder to access, this number will only grow, and children will have an even harder time getting the resources they need to be successful. https://rewire.news/article/2014/10/20/adoption-universal-alternative-abortion-matter-anti-choicers-say/
MYTH: Banning abortions will put an end to them. FACT: The fact of the matter is, banning abortions will only force women to turn to more drastic methods instead of safe ones. The best way to prevent abortions is to make sure kids are getting comprehensive sexual education, and men and women are getting access to affordable healthcare and contraception. Teaching from an “abstinence only” curriculum is more harmful to students than helpful, because it fails to teach them how to take preventative measures. Making contraception accessible and affordable will seriously lower the amount of unplanned pregnancies and will, in turn, drastically change the abortion rate. Affordable sexual healthcare = less unwanted pregnancies = less abortions. It’s as simple as that.