I feel I am going to lose followers due to this position, but it has to be said.
So, Roe v. Wade has been struck down. Abortion is now illegal in many states. Women now have to drive to God Knows Where to mostly save their lives – or their mental health, in the case of rape victims. Yes, I know abortion is essentially murder. But here’s the problem – abortion is now desirable for a myriad of reasons, mostly because life as a single parent is hard, especially for a woman.
Legislating morality from the outside in has always proved unsuccessful. Do you want examples? Try the Soviet Union. Try Cuba. Try China. Officially atheist nations have always had a hard time keeping their populations safe. Essentially, you can even try the United States in many areas, especially in states with morality laws, gun laws and various drug penalties. How are they going to regulate things done in secret?
In discussion of religion, which religion becomes the State Religion of the United States? But I’m not here to discuss religion. Freedom of Religion must be struck down as well if you want to legislate morality, if you want to order people to worship one God or another. Of course, Freedom of Religion is guaranteed in the First Amendment, and we all know how much people worship the Amendments due to the Second Amendment debate, so there’s that.
But I digress. We are here to discuss the striking down of Roe v. Wade.
I am not celebrating.
To be honest, I would not celebrate the upholding of Roe v. Wade, either.
Why? Because the only way to rid the world of something like abortion is to make abortion undesirable, and impractical.
A little-known example of making something impractical and undesirable would have been slavery between the 1780s and the invention of the Cotton Gin. During the period I mentioned, slave owners in the South were freeing slaves after certain conditions were met. George Washington set his wife’s death as the point of freedom for his own plantation slaves. But here comes the invention of the Cotton Gin, which industrialized cotton harvesting (among other plants) and slavery became profitable again. Desirability and practicality came back into the picture, and eventually the USA tore itself apart to finally resolve the issue of slavery.
Of course, the theories that provided the framework for slavery continued the heinous racism and segregation that continued, but I digress again.
We are talking about abortion.
I’m not going to sit here and lecture people about whether to do this or that concerning pregnancy. I’ve never been pregnant, so I don’t believe I have the right.
My ultimate goal is presenting a few ideas to make abortion impractical and undesirable.
Idea 1: Counseling for people accusing somebody of rape.
I believe this should not need to be said, but…you can fill in the rest.
Rape victims who get pregnant need counseling. Just because the person accused is not convicted of rape does not mean they did not rape. Obviously, pregnancy occurs through rape sometimes, and rape is a violent act. Violent acts are traumatizing. Sufferers of trauma NEED counseling. Otherwise, the option of abortion to deal with the trauma is going to be desirable.
Idea 2: Developing trades for the pregnant, especially if single motherhood is likely.
This is not my idea. This is an idea developed by the discussions between my mother and I that prompted my position. We discussed how the current debate made it impractical because of this: Most single mothers are on welfare with little hopes of getting off. (Let’s face it: almost all of the pregnant are women, so when I say “Mothers” from now on, I mean “Child bearers.”) What I want to do is teach trades and office work for the pregnant, especially if single motherhood is likely, so they can earn money to help raise the child.
We can tap into those rich-with-money religious institutions for this reason. I think the Catholic Church might get on board with this one. Scholarships, anyone?
Idea 3: Childcare While Learning the Trades.
This idea works in tandem with the work education. While the child bearers are learning their trade, they need to put their children somewhere after they’re born. I believe we can tap the religious institutions again with the childcare. Many institutions are already forming schools at their sites, so childcare and preschool would be a natural fit.
My point is, if we find some ways to combat something we find undesirable that are practical, we can make something impractical, and increasingly undesirable.