We, as Democrats, have been backed into a position where we are perceived as pro-abortion. I don’t know anyone who is pro-abortion. Those who say they know someone are immersed in political rhetoric. Abortion is a horrible thing for women to go through. The aborting of a child is also something that everyone should work to eliminate. It is devastating for the woman as well as a morality issue. But we continue to hear that we as Democrats want to see more abortions. Shouldn't we want to look forward to the day abortions are only used in emergency situations?
The question becomes, how do we reduce abortions without interfering with the woman’s right to choose? Let's do some critical thinking! Making abortions illegal makes them more dangerous and doesn't resolve the problem, so what are the choices?
Well, abstinence is one. I am not sure our anti-abortion President will be the first to volunteer for that approach. Nor is it realistic for anyone to think they are going to stop millions of people from having sex. I understand that is the view of many religions and I am ok with that. However, if the pastor of those churches would say "Those without sin cast the first stone", I doubt that anyone would have to take cover due to the enormous amount of stones being thrown.
The reality is the decision to use birth control or have an abortion will always lie with the woman and as much as the political "right" wants big government to control women, they can't.
Consider this: free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large CBS news study concluded:
“The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost — from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant.
When price wasn't an issue, women flocked to the most effective contraceptives — the implanted options, which typically cost hundreds of dollars up-front to insert. These women experienced far fewer unintended pregnancies as a result, reported Dr. Jeffrey Peipert of Washington University in St. Louis..."
There were 6.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in the study. Compare that to a national rate of 34 births per 1,000 teens in 2010. That rate dropped to 24.2 in 2014 due to the easy availability of birth control.
Education along with free birth control, can make great strides in eliminating the need for abortions. Isn't that what we want? And, of course, Planned Parenthood is a leader in contraceptive distribution. Closing Planned Parenthood equals more abortions.
Given that, according to the Orlando Woman’s Center:
• One woman dies every 7 minutes around the world due to an unsafe illegal abortion.
And given that:
• Making abortion illegal or legal has no effect on the total number of abortions.
And given that:
• Making abortion legal dramatically reduces maternal morbidity and mortality.
And given that:
• Nearly 50% of pregnancies that occur yearly are unwanted with nearly ½ of those pregnant women terminating their pregnancy. 42 million choose to terminate their pregnancy.
I hereby propose that the Democratic Party support the reduction of abortions by 5% each year through education,and through a program of free contraception for everyone who wants it.
And furthermore, the Democratic Party fully support Planned Parenthood and other organizations that support family planning.
With this, the Democratic Party will stand against abortion in a manner that does not interfere with a woman’s right to choose.