Why Pro-Life should never be called Anti-Abortion

The big news in the world of politics is that 17 year old Bristol Palin, unmarried daughter of John McCain’s selection of his vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is 5 months pregnant.

In news reporting you will often see the frame that pro-life equals anti-abortion.  But nowhere do you see that pro-choice is the true anti-abortion position, or really abortion reduction position.  Here is my thinking on the subject.

Much is being made of Bristol Palin’s decision, with the support of her family, to carry the fetus to term and have her child.  I think this is a good decision, and I am very happy that her family supports her and her soon to be growing family.

Republicans that defend this are right, this happens all the time.

But my point is that while this decision is supported, why isn’t more done to prevent the decision from needing to be made?

Comprehensive sex education can teach the realities about the effectiveness and types of birth control, in other words what types of contraceptives and how to use them.  While abstinence only programs often lie about the effectiveness of birth control/contraceptives in pursuit of the abstinence only way to do birth control.

Beyond the issue of preventing the birth of unplanned pregnancies, what about support to women that choose to have their child?  Without a doubt Bristol will have much support from the Palin clan, but not all women are so lucky in our society.

Remember, not all families are lucky to have health insurance (45 million individuals have no health insurance), and health insurance costs and coverage are a greater concerns to Americans and may even factor into decision about carrying a child to term.  Yet, this supposedly pro-life, really pro-corporation Bush administration that bows down in service to the almighty Free Market, has vetoed SCHIP which would provide health insurance to children in low income households, it is underfunded – not all eligible children get coverage under the program.  Now the good news is that there are pro-life groups that have fought for SCHIP, but it would be nice if they put as much effort in supporting the born child as the unborn fetus.

So remember, that those of us that believe in a women’s right to choose, but think we as a society should do what we can do reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies, are truly anti-abortion because we try to reduce the number of abortions, but don’t think abortion is off the table, just the choice of last resort.



1 Comment

  1. January 19, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    […] Gallup poll finds that 51% of Americans identify as pro-life and 42% as pro-choice.  As I have written in the past, I feel that I am more pro-life because of my positions than many conservatives that are against […]

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