The Supreme Court overturned some Texas abortion law and now 25 states won’t be able to limit abortions.
Fine, great, swell.
I don’t really care if a woman gets an abortion or not…but honestly, why are women getting abortions?
I think we can all agree that, given the choice, we’d rather have that woman not get pregnant in the first place.
That’s especially true for the 13,000 women getting abortions each year because they got raped, sometimes by family members.
But what about the other 1,047,000 abortions that happen in this country each year?
How do we account for so many women having abortions?
If you go to NARAL Pro Choice’s website you’ll see stories from women who got abortions.
Many talk about illnesses that the child would have, so that’s why they got an abortion.
Many more, however, were just young women that weren’t responsible.
That’s the biggest reason why women choose to have an abortion – because they weren’t responsible.
Oh, we can blame their lack of income or their lack of education or even their age.
But really, they weren’t responsible.
They could have gotten a condom, used birth control pills, or abstained from sex.
Millions of responsible people do it, after all.
Instead they let the heat of the moment get the better of them – perhaps with a little help from alcohol or drugs – and next think you know - Boom! - they’re pregnant.
So they get an abortion.
We’ve discussed on this site before that about 0.6% of the population gets an abortion each year.
Why are they doing that?
If you go by this 2016 Guttmacher Institute article on abortion it tells us that:
“The reasons patients gave for having an abortion underscored their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. The three most common reasons—each cited by three-fourths of patients—were concern for or responsibility to other individuals; the inability to afford a child; and the belief that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents.
Half said they did not want to be a single parent or were having problems with their husband or partner.”
So these women (and the irresponsible men that knocked them up) cite issues with money, work, school, and caring for others as the main reason.
Well…why’d you get pregnant if those things were such a concern to you?
We have to ask this – why are you so irresponsible?
Honestly, hundreds of thousands of people are having sex each day in this country, maybe millions.
They aren’t getting pregnant.
But 0.6% of our population is getting pregnant, and when they don’t want to.
Am I the only one that sees this as a problem?
If you’re not happy with me blaming these irresponsible women (and the men that knocked them up), then just look at the studies.
If you go by this 2013 University of California report on abortion it says the reason women get abortions are like so:
“Researchers found 40% of these women mentioning something financial, 36% in some way discussing the bad “timing” of the pregnancy, 31% raising a partner issue, 29% speaking of “other children,” 20% talking of the child somehow interfering with future opportunities.
Less than 20% mentioned something about not being emotionally or mentally prepared (19%), health related reasons (12%), wanting a better life than she could provide (12%), not being independent or mature enough (7%), influence of family or friends, and not wanting to have a baby or to place a baby up for adoption (4%).”
So you’re telling me that 73,290 women get abortions each year because they’re “not being independent or mature enough?”
Wow, we have some serious problems in this country, don’t we?
I mean, if 73,000 women are mature enough to have sex but not mature enough to have kids (because they weren’t mature enough to use birth control)…then what the hell are we doing?
Where are the parents?
Well, probably working 2 to 3 jobs if not locked up in prison, right?
My God – another 209,400 abortions happen each year because the woman is not “emotionally or mentally prepared.”
Again, am I the only one that sees a problem here?
It seems to me that young people are run-amok these days.
Really, we have a terrible time in this country with controlling our baser desires and impulses. We have no self-control.
We’re so focused on maintaining a woman’s right to choose in this country that we never ask why we have so many abortions as it is.
Isn’t it great for all the politicians and nonprofit abortion groups, though? They can keep arguing over this issue for years, using it to raise money.
- Never do we hear any of them ask, ‘how can we decrease the number of abortions?’
- Never do we hear talk about the reasons why women have abortions.
It’s always just the argument that we must let women have that right to choose.
Fine, let them choose.
But why are they doing it, and why aren’t we talking about that?
Why aren’t we asking why so many women (and the men that knock them up) can’t be responsible?
Maybe it’ll get back to low incomes, education, overwork, and caring for relatives.
Those issues make our country seem very poor, very poor indeed.
So we don’t talk about them, and 1.04 million women get abortions each year.