I was taking the bus up to a friend's house and passed by a new planned parenthood clinic that was being built in the neighborhood. The anti-abortion activists were out heavy that day, well-organized and lining the streets for about ten blocks. One woman had situated herself right in front of the bus stop, so that bus riders would have to look at her sign while waiting for others to board.
Her sign said: "YOU! ESCAPED THE WOMB!"
I was really struck by the variety of approaches in the anti-abortionist's slogans: from a large image of a late-stage aborted fetus blown up huge, to more peaceful slogans such as "Adoption: the Loving Option", and "Abortion Hurts Women."
I am, of course, pro-choice. Yet I don't begrudge any of these people their viewpoints that abortion is wrong. Nor do I think that abortion is right. However, I think that there's a preliminary conversation that we're simply not having as a culture, and ideally, if we had it, would make abortion obsolete. This is the question of why it is that we still live in a culture in which women still have only shitty birth control options, and that the majority of responsibility for a shared experience of sexuality is still falling on the woman.
Now, biologically it makes sense that the majority of this responsibility (which is the responsibility of being a sexual being without manifesting the most direct consequence of being a sexual being) falls on the women's shoulders.
Yet the conception is the result of a merging of TWO energies.
Now, most of you know about my view that partner-based birth control is the only sane solution to this insane dilemma. The dilemma is: either admit that women have a sexuality, and therefore risk unwanted pregnancy, or deny women the right to the experience of their sexuality. (BTW, with partner-based birth control, this is not a dilemma at all - woman can be sexual and control fertility through joint responsibility).
Without dealing with the issue of kind forms of birth control, the abortion issue will always, sadly, be on the table. Whether legal or illegal, abortions will occur. So the issue, if one really cares about whether or not pregnancies are terminated or not, does not so much have to do with whether or not abortion is legal or not. It has to do with how well women are treated in this society, how well-educated they are about their bodies and fertility, and how supportive their men are in acknowledging their half of this equation.
When I looked at Shelley Lubben's site, and listened to the porn stars who had given up porn, the thing that stuck out to me was the number of women who admitted to having unwanted pregnancies and abortions after porn shoots.
Now, whose abortions are these?
If Shelley's statistics are correct, porn addiction is a common trend in the Christian community, amongst both men and women. As such, even those porn users who are Christian and who may otherwise think of themselves as against abortion may have some dead offspring out there, in the form of porn star's abortions.
How man porn stars got pregnant and had an abortion for your viewing pleasure?
How many abortions have you had?