I'm familiar with the rhetoric: Abortion stops a beating heart. It's a child, not a choice. Those slogans are tiring.
I don't care what they say -- I can't wait until I get pregnant and have absolutely no means of supporting the baby! The life of a child? Pish!
Thank goodness for those conservatives who fight against contraceptives and sexual education in general. If it weren't for them, it might be more difficult to have an unwanted pregnancy.
If I got pregnant, the choice would be so easy to make! I definitely wouldn't spend many days and weeks laboring over this heavy decision like it was going to affect the rest of my life. Nope, I would be psyched about that surgery!
Going to the clinic would be great, too! It would be super exciting to walk past the angry protesters who shout, "Whore! Murderer!" The best part would be to have my feet in stirrups, my cervix forced open with dilator rods and a cold metal instrument scraping the walls of my uterus!
Not so exciting, right? This satire clearly points out the ridiculous assumption that all pro-choice supporters think abortion is a wonderful experience. This is absolutely not the case. The majority of women who get abortions are extremely upset about their situation.
She has not thought amply through all her options, and these are some of the reasons why she feels she has to abort: Her contraceptives failed; she could not afford contraceptives; she did not know enough about contraceptives to use them or use them properly; she didn't even know sex could get her pregnant. I know that one sounds crazy, but with a lack of comprehensive sexual education -- something pushed by the anti-choice advocates -- this is often the case.
She does not have the emotional and financial support of her impregnator; she believes or fears the religious-right-enforced stigmas against single motherhood; she feels she cannot tell her parents, partner or friends.
She was sexually assaulted or raped by her father, stepfather, uncle or boyfriend; she was coerced into sex by a man with more social power.