Abortion is more common than people might think. Obviously so, because #ShoutYourAbortion is trending big. However, statistics say that rape is at the bottom of the reasoning list.
Over the last few days, the abortion hashtag has exponentially grown in awareness and participation. As one might predict, there are responses and opinions from both sides of the fence — anti- as well as pro-abortion. Many tweets are receiving hundreds of retweets and supportive comments, as reports Elle.
Using #ShoutYourAbortion, women are talking back to critics and sharing their experiences: http://t.co/jqhkTMwEnZ pic.twitter.com/7iWImBGN5i
— ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) September 22, 2015
American writer and film criticism editor Lindy West has been one of the major spokespersons for the hashtag.
Like, I literally don't even know what a "frivolous" abortion would look like. Steering your own future is not frivolous. #ShoutYourAbortion
— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 21, 2015
You also deserve a career and a full, vibrant life of your choosing. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. @m3ganroberts
— Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 22, 2015
Like West, several women are sharing their takes on the topic along with personal experiences they've had with abortion procedures and aftermaths. However, she claims that "fetuses aren't people."
fetuses are not people and do not have rights. some day you might need the services we fight for. you are welcome. @LadyGinger21 — Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 22, 2015
Yet, under the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004," fetuses are surely treated as people. More specifically, "child in utero," via understanding of 18 U.S. Code § 1841. Of this USC, Section (2)(D)(d) states as follows.
"'(d) As used in this section, the term 'unborn child' means a child in utero, and the term 'child in utero' or 'child, who is in utero' means a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who is carried in the womb.'"
Code 1841 goes on to clarify the concept, under section (A)(a)(1).
"(a)(1) Whoever engages in conduct that violates any of the provisions of law listed in subsection (b) and thereby causes the death of, or bodily injury (as defined in section 1365) to, a child, who is in utero at the time the conduct takes place, is guilty of a separate offense under this section."
This is how double-homicides happen when a pregnant woman is murdered. Even though West thinks they're not human, life is obviously in them. Otherwise, would their bodies continue to develop in the human blueprint?
Nonetheless, while Roe vs. Wade set a precedence for the non-life-threatening abortion concept, is it getting out of hand as far as personal accountability is concerned?
Sure, there are rape victims who have had to result to abortions. However, as reports Operation Rescue, less than 1 percent of all abortion procedures occur due to rape or incest. According to abortion statistics, they are as follows.
21% Inadequate finances21% Not ready for responsibility16% Woman's life would be changed too much12% Problems with relationships, unmarried11% Too young and/or immature8% Children are grown; she has all she wants3% Baby has possible health problems<1% Pregnancy caused by rape/incest4% Other
Most of these are understandable, while others are less than plausible, from an accountability standpoint. And yes, it does take two to conceive. Men are just as accountable, or at least should be.
There are several moral dilemmas involved, which give room for much debate over the issues. While people should be accountable for their actions — when it was mutually agreed upon and consented to — if they're not ready for responsibility, one has to think about the baby and the environment in which he or she would be raised. Yet, this is where adoption could come in, right? So, tons of dilemmas.
Men can walk away from parenthood but when a woman decides to make that decision she is shamed? #shoutyourabortion
— Syindu. (@pmusesya) September 22, 2015
Nevertheless, so there are no confusions about the topic, there are two types of abortions: in-clinic and the abortion pill, as mentions Planned Parenthood. However, the pill isn't the "morning-after" pill. That's only effective for the first five days after having unprotected sex. As for these abortion medicines, mifepristone and misoprostol can be taken up to nine weeks after the first day of her last period.
Have you ever had an abortion? Do you accept it? Do you regret it? What are your thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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