Katey Brosche Katey is a student at MTSU and a staff writer for TFP. You can visit Katey's blog here - www.katbrosche.com
A couple weeks ago I wrote about what it means to actually be pro-life, so I figured I should write about what it means to be on the other end of the spectrum. Pro-choice is a simple idea that means every woman should be able to choose what happens to her body. Because taxpayers have not paid for a single abortion since 1976, it’s pretty obvious that the goings on in a woman’s uterus should only matter to the woman, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case. 41 years of not paying for said healthcare for women due to the passing of the Hyde Amendment, there are still millions trying to outlaw abortion.
Being pro-choice means that you know you should not be able to decide what a woman can or cannot do to her body. It baffles me that people actually, genuinely think they can decide what another woman does with her uterus. The decision to have an abortion is a decision that affects one person--the woman. Not you.
Being pro-choice means that you know there are over 420,000 children in foster care in the United States right now and that “putting the baby up for adoption,” would not lead to a good life for said baby.
Being pro-choice means that you know how expensive it is to give birth, and that many, many women can not afford it. On average, pregnancy costs around $2,000 for prenatal visits and then (according to government consensus) the birth generally costs $10,000 for a no-complications vaginal birth and $16,000 for a no-complications cesarean section. Unless they know who is adopting, the woman will be responsible for all of it.
Being pro-choice means that you know unexpected pregnancies come as a result of many different things. Whether it’s from rape or not having access to birth control, we need to focus on those things. Punish the rapist, don’t punish the woman. Offer free and accessible preventive birth control, offer a solution.
Being pro-choice means that you know not everyone has the same advantages. Not all women can take off time from school or work to deal with an unexpected pregnancy, and even if they can their education/career will suffer.
Being pro-choice means that you know how hard this decision can be and that everyone who has to make that decision is not defined by it. You can imagine yourself in a very tough situation and wonder what you would do, but until you’re in that situation you will never truly know what you would do.
Women’s rights are human rights. Pro-choice advocates aren’t trying to make all men get vasectomies that can only be reversed when the man is married and both he and his wife want a child (but hey, no sperm = no abortions). “Pro-lifers” are trying to take away women’s rights. Taxpayers do not and have not funded abortions since 1976 and are not affected in any way whatsoever by a woman’s decision to end a pregnancy. Taxpayers do, however, pay for food and shelter for rapists (scratch that, 97.5% of rapists don’t see jail time, replace rapists with marijuana possessors) and murderers. Taxpayers are paying for a $30 billion wall instead of helping the more than 500,000 homeless people (including children and veterans) and helping the 1 out of 6 Americans whom are currently going hungry. If you are against abortions, focus on the 420,000 children in foster care, not taking away a woman’s rights. Focus on the hundreds of thousands of homeless Americans, not taking away a woman’s rights. Focus on feeding the hundreds of millions of hungry Americans, not taking away a woman’s rights. Being anti-choice is not about money, it’s about people wanting to control women.