It is important to consider factual abortion statistics for the pro-abortion and pro-life arguments.
There are a startling 42 million abortions worldwide every year.
Over a lifetime, that totals about 1 abortion for every woman on the planet, and in fact, nearly 1 in 2 women worldwide will have an abortion in their lifetime.
I don’t care if you’re pro-life or pro-choice, these numbers are sobering. And let’s get real for a minute. Whether there are laws prohibiting abortion or not, there are going to be abortions.
Abortion fact: about 20 million women each year obtain abortions in countries where the practice is either illegal or restricted. Abortion is our reality.
I can’t really debate whether abortions should be legal under the “do the right thing” lens. That there are strong pro choice and pro life arguments in the abortion debate is not the point. The problem with the abortion debate is that it is about beliefs. Pro-lifers believe life begins at inception, while pro-choicers believe life starts at some later point – often defined as the point of viability of the fetus. And beliefs, by definition, are not provable. Depending on where you come out on this belief, you will argue that abortions are ethical or not.
Whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, what is generally not debated is that having an abortion is an undesirable, difficult, emotional experience. In an ideal world, there would be no abortions. But these startling abortion statistics show the magnitude of the issue is huge. We should, therefore, work together to reduce abortions and more specifically the underlying causes for abortions.
What can we do? The US government, pro-life groups, pro-choice groups and anti-aids groups should band together in a (somewhat uncomfortable) alliance and focus their resources on the following areas.… Read the rest