For decades, the debate over abortion has raged on, with each side continually offering its own perspectives, beliefs, statistics, and facts in an endless and exhaustive effort to finally convince the opposition that they are wrong. The struggle between those who are pro-choice and those who are pro-life has been fierce, as beliefs about the humanity of the unborn and the rights that women should hold clash. But for now, let's put those things aside and talk about something that I think we can all agree on: equality.
Its safe to say that most people agree that equality is a good thing. It is good that women have the right to vote. It is good that black men and women have the same rights as white men and women. With that same logic, we can agree that women and minorities not having suffrage or equal rights is a bad thing. Now that we have established this, I'm going to introduce a radical idea to you: abortion prevents equality.
That statement seems bold and confusing at first glance. After all, feminists and pro-choice advocates everywhere continually shout about empowering women and giving them the rights to their own bodies. To most people, that like equality, and equality is, after all, a good thing. But a deeper examination of the practice of abortion and what it has done to society reveal a startling truth.
Women do not have equal rights to men in this nation. The wage gap and workplace discrimination are prime examples of this. Women are promoted less, and therefore earn less, than their male counterparts. They are oftentimes the sole caregivers of children, which makes them more prone to falling into poverty. Women with children have to live with the burden of providing and caring for their children all at once. Men do not have these worries, which allows them to spend more time at work, something that aids them in their climb up the corporate ladder. Furthermore, women are often discriminated against and denied upward mobility in the workplace when they are passed over for a promotion because a man spends more time in the office. These are injustices that women everywhere face everyday.
But it is wrong when a woman believes that she needs an abortion to succeed in life. It is wrong when a woman believes that she needs an abortion to keep herself out of poverty. It is wrong when a woman must sit alone in fear of what is to come when and while she is pregnant. It is wrong when a society scorns single mothers. It is wrong when women are discriminated against simply because they are caring for another human being. These are all social ills that have not, and will never be, solved by abortion. The practice of abortion perpetuates a cycle of inequality and discrimination against women everywhere. There is a reason why Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a champion of women’s rights, opposed abortion. She too recognised that it was a way to hold women down, to deny them their God given rights.
Equality is something we can all support, and with this in mind, support for the continued practice of abortion is baffling. Things like paid parental leave, restrictions against workplaces discrimination, and accountability laws for fathers are all positive changes that have been hindered by society’s focus on abortion as the solution to inequality. And women have suffered because of this. It is time for women to gain the rights that they have been denied for so long. It is time to end the practice of abortion, and end the fight in favor of it. It is time to start caring about our women. It is time to fight for them.