I am truly tired of women’s health being equated to access to abortions. That is not women’s health. It is a quick fix to true women’s health problems such as abusive men, mental illness, drug abuse, lack of discipline to name a few.
Abortion just destroys “evidence” of the true problem and creates several new women’s health problems: possible physical complications from the abortion, depression, other PTSD-like symptoms, and so on.
( Here is a link that compiles research on the psychological effects of abortion on women.)
I so appreciate that so many want to protect women. But allowing abortion is not protecting women – it is a lie that perpetuates harm against them. It makes it easier for men to prey on them, it makes it easier for women themselves to justify destructive behavior and it leaves emotional scars that we don’t seem willing to acknowledge.
True health is a lot harder and will take a lot more effort on all of our parts. Dealing with the “evidence” of unhealthy choices will also be more taxing. But isn’t that what we want our nation to be known for? Taking on the tough problems in the most compassionate, life-giving way possible, no matter the cost?
That’s what has made me proud to live here in the USA. I am guessing that is true of you, as well.