At times, as I think about abortion and different ways to talk to people about it, (among other aspects of the issue) I crawl out of my deep philosophical tunnel and ask myself a question with the intention of answering it in the most practical, realistic way possible: 'where does abortion come from and why do people get abortions?'
But what about before that? Sure, we can try to change people's minds about abortion and pray for those considering abortion (among many other things), but what is the common denominator in all those aforementioned situations where women have abortions? What HAS to happen in order for abortion to be an option? If you don't overthink it like I did for a while, you reach the conclusion: pregnancy.
Recent studies have shown that teen pregnancy rates have gone down, partially due to birth control. But when birth control fails, abortion comes into the picture as an option. Now, I do not mean to say that abortion is pregnancy's fault––obviously we all love babies here––but it makes logical sense that most abortions come from unplanned pregnancies. They exist, but there are very few cases I can think of where a woman would want to kill a baby she intentionally had. Now we've arrived at the issue of unplanned pregnancies.
So this leaves us wondering, what's the best way to avoid pregnancy? Society loves to tell us that loading up on artificial hormones and using condoms is the most practical way––all fun and no responsibility, right?
Of course, that way of thinking is terribly objectifying, but for the sake of this topic, the more important fact is, birth control fails, and there is only one guaranteed way to not get pregnant––abstinence. Of course, there's way more benefits to abstinence, but I'll keep my focus narrow in order to stay tied to abortion. According to BuzzFeed, the average woman loses her virginity at 17.4 years old, and the average male at 16.9. This is a major problem because if people are starting to be sexually active that early, it's no wonder the abortion industry is successful! It's logical to say that the earlier one starts to have sex, the more likely they are to have an unplanned pregnancy, which means more abortions.
Yes, it's great that we're fighting the evils of abortion and revealing the truth of such a terrible crime, but we should also be focused on, not "safe sex", but smart sex. As I've already established, it's logical to say that most abortions come from unplanned pregnancies. Part of ending abortion, then, is to fight unplanned pregnancy.
You see, it's all connected: I bet almost no women would abort a child they planned for and want. That's why promoting chastity is a major part of our fight against abortion.