I read an article on Mamamia on the weekend, This is what it's like to have a medical abortion. I felt sick. Then I read this one. And this one too.
How did we get here? Do we know where we are? Where else are we headed?
Honestly I don't see the difference between aborting a baby and putting a bullet through a person's head. I don't.
If I decided I didn't want to be a mother and calmly walked into my children's room and smothered them... I would be a murderer. Society would judge me, and look down upon me, and throw me in prison. But if I got pregnant, and decided that I didn't want to be a mother, and got an abortion... it's okay?
I'm sorry I just don't get it.
What is the difference, between getting pregnant and aborting the baby because it's not the right time, and killing your children, because you've decided it would be easier not to look after them?
I don't understand. I just don't, and really, I don't think I want to. I just want it to stop.
I guess, to some extent I do get it. I was a teenager, young and thoughtless and in love. I didn't do what I was supposed to do, although we tried hard to stay pure. I often used to run scenarios in my head. If I get pregnant, will this happen? And this? Will I do this? Will he do this? Will they think that? It is a terrifying place to be. However abortion was never one of the things I could contemplate.
But honestly, regardless of your opinion on religion or God, regardless of whether or not you think that I am religious headcase.... has this really become okay? Or do we fail to realise what is going on here? Do you know where we are headed? Do you know what is currently happening?
At the moment, Florida legislators are debating a bill that would require abortionists to provide medical care to babies that survive abortions. The fact that they are even debating... does my head in. It's an issue here in Australia too.
An estimated 80,000 - 90,000 abortions are performed in Australia each year. This equates to approximately 250 per day, or one abortion for every 2.8 live births. One in three Australian women will have an abortion in their lifetime. [source]
Abortion is legal until 24 weeks in Victoria. Legal post 24 weeks with two doctors’ approval.
And do you remember this article that came out last year?
I struggle to comprehend the reasoning of those who are currently making legislation. Because really, if abortion is legal, then why not 'post-birth-abortion'? If it's a question of a child feeling pain, why not just use anesthetic? Or maybe it's okay to 'euthanize' a child with Congenital insensitivity to pain (CIPA), after all they won't feel it? If you don't want a child, does that child not have a right to life? The problem is, the line in the sand was crossed so long ago, and they keep trying to draw a new one, but their logic is faulty.
I cannot believe that we live in a society, where people are desperate to have children, and can't. So they try to adopt, or use IVF and they have to pay thousands and thousands of dollars to do so. Sometimes they can't afford to do so. Yet there are plenty of children that could be adopted into stable, loving homes.... only we choose to kill them before they are born. We have a government and a system, that makes it so much harder for adoption to occur, and so the abortion rate continues to rise, and children are the ones who continue to suffer.
I am terrified of the world I am helping create for my children. I am terrified that by the time her turn comes around, my daughter and her friends might be able to legally choose the option of infanticide. That maybe eventually in Western society one day a a mother will legally be able to sell her children to the highest pedophiliac bidder (why not, they are her children to dispose of as she wishes?). It already happens in the world, what makes us think it won't happen here? I am terrified of the society we are creating.
|I can't even...|
I'm not trying to place blame here. This post is not intended throw guilt on anyone who has had an abortion. I'm not trying to paint all women who get abortions as horrible murderers. I don't think they are. What's done cannot be undone and I'm not interested in hurting people. I'm also not trying my hand at scaremongering. But I do think that far too often, this issue is swept under the carpet. Or presented to the world in a sanitised, child-friendly form. Which is rubbish. There is nothing that is okay about this.
I am trying to get people to think, about the decisions they are making. I think we need to be held accountable for our decisions and our actions a lot more. Ultimately I believe we will be. I am trying to think, about the world we are creating, and the choices we are making. And if my words can help one woman make the choice not to abort her baby, or make someone with the power to make decisions pause for thought, then they are worth it.