I was reading some recent stuff on abortion and I ran across this post over at Feministing. I think it highlights the major problem I have with feminism and liberals in general — they completely fail to take into account the “big picture” and instead fall into tired rhetoric that has been incomplete for decades.
Every story is always the same. That there are two opposite sides in the “abortion debate.” (Damn, do I hate that term.) Here’s the reality, folks. If you want less abortions you have to give women the tools to avoid getting pregnant when they don’t want to be. See? Not complicated. I really wish people would stop pretending that the two sides of this are no abortions ever and all abortions always.
Jen, you’ve always had the best tool to avoid getting pregnant. Your brain. If you don’t want to get pregnant, don’t have sex. Don’t pretend women don’t have the power in the bedroom. The vast majority of women have sex on their terms.
You want to have sex? Great. Just beware the consequences. It’s like me hitting myself in the head with a hammer. I may like the subsequent endorphin release, but I have to take into account that at some point I may give myself a concussion, or fracture my skull. It’s a consequence of my actions. If I decided to stop hitting myself in the head, I know I wouldn’t suffer those consequences. Sex is the same way. If you have sex, the natural consequence is pregnancy.
We have tools that help avoid pregnancy, but they’re not foolproof. And when they fail, the natural consequence may be the result. Your brain should understand this.
I don’t care what you do with your body, Jen, and how you live your life. But once another person is involved and you start making life-or-death decisions for them, that’s when I have a problem.
Use your brain. It’s a tool the Pro-Life movement will never take from you.