Is the Abortion Debate Changing? (from reason.com) - Jim Huggins
Current Mood: contemplative
I am a firm believer in the quote, "If it's never okay to kill someone, then it's never okay to kill someone." I believe both the death penalty and abortion are, in very rare circumstances, justifiable.
That said, until something fixes our foster/adoption system, and our healthcare system, the idea that a child will be born unwanted and unloved almost bothers me more.
|Date:||June 1st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)|| |
I see the whole debate to be about the wrong question. Why not address the problem before abortion even becomes an option?
I believe firmly that truly honest and unbiased sex education will take care of a good deal of the problem. (Admittedly I am a bit of an idealist.) When 'kids' understand the consequences of unprotected sex and contraceptives are provided I'm sure that the number of teenage pregnancies will decline.
Abstinence only education is asking for more Bristol Palin's in the world. I don't recall anyone from my relatively small country school (with a good sex education program) getting pregnant before graduating high school. I did have a friend who presented for an abstinence only program who had her first child before our senior year. I know there were others who either didn't receive sex education or only had abstinence only educations.
I realize I'm only providing personal anecdotes, but I suppose what I'm trying to get at is this: shouldn't we really choose to address the problem of abortion by attacking what is probably the main case in a constructive manner? Reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and reduce the number of abortions.
The principle problem I have with this line of reasoning is this: most kids, teens, and young adults have a sense of invulnerability about them. While they know that certain behaviors are "risky" (where the term "risk" can be defined broadly depending on the context), they also believe that either (a) the activity is worth the risk, or (b) they misjudge the likeliness of the risk happening to them.
And this isn't restricted to sexual activity. I can see this in the way that young adults use (and abuse) alcohol and other drugs. Heck, I see it in the way they approach their academic work in the classroom. ("Study? Nah. Got it covered.")
Honestly, I don't think that many pregnancies happen because the couple in question didn't know it could happen. Frankly, they just didn't care, or didn't think it was likely. At that point, I'm not sure that education necessarily helps any.