Protect reproductive rights
Women should have a choice in whether they carry a pregnancy. There are a million things that can go wrong both in preventing pregnancy and in carrying a pregnancy. Your birth control can fail or you can be raped. The embryo could be nonviable, ectopic, or in other ways threatening to the person carrying the pregnancy. Having “abortion allowed in special cases” is (1) not the direction SCOTUS and the Christian Right is going in [see anti birth control trigger laws, outlawing all abortion, other conservative opinions], and (2) not feasible when it’s emergent care [who do you have to prove your life is at stake to? Women are already not believed when they report rape.]
Pregnancy is very hard on the body, even in ideal cases. 9–10 months of pregnancy, followed by a delivery (which is frequently traumatic), and then a long healing process. While that fetus is still in utero, it is part of the pregnant person’s body. In every other case, we value and protect bodily autonomy — you can’t even take organs from a dead person without their prior permission. Pregnancy is far riskier than kidney donation, but we don’t see the right lining up to donate kidneys to those in need, nor are we mandating that kidney matches must donate (we definitely shouldn’t!!). The US has the highest maternal mortality rate of developed nations, and this mortality rate is increasing. We don’t have adequate access to medical care across the board, and women’s health is especially frustrating and difficult to navigate [as a thirty-something women who’s never been pregnant, I’ve already been exceptionally frustrated trying to access medical care]. This will not stop at preventing abortion, but criminalizing miscarriages — we ALREADY have cases of women being investigated by the state because of a miscarriage [Oklahoma convicted a native woman of manslaughter after she had a miscarriage]. Some states (Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, …) are poised to make certain methods of birth control a felony. [I’m currently in Louisiana with an IUD that will possibly be a felony soon].
Saying “you shouldn’t have had sex if you didn’t want a baby” is immature. Most adults are having sex not planning for a pregnancy, and if you believe that’s immoral, that’s between you and your god. Also NO ONE should be born as a punishment. Anyone who grew up in a home where they were unwanted can tell you how psychologically damaging that was. They have trauma similar to PTSD. Saying “adoption is the answer” also doesn’t help when there’s an excess of children in foster care or unhoused in this country — the far right only cares about babies. Alito referring to “domestic supply of infants” is disgusting. Humans are not commodities. Forced birth is a crime against humanity. 90 precent of foster kids experience trauma, and foster kids have PTSD rates of about 25% — almost double that of war veterans! We need to first fix the foster system for those children already here. Forcing pregnancies to term when a baby is unwanted is not the answer.
If you are pro life…then act like it. Advocate for social programs that will actually help. Push for paid maternity leave, stimulus for having a child, free and subsidized childcare, free healthcare for all. These are all barriers to having a child. Banning abortion just criminalizes women’s health care and their bodies.
Forced birth is crime against humanity : https://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/crimes-against-humanity.shtml
Ptsd in foster children : https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2005/4/11/study-finds-foster-kids-suffer-ptsd/
Trauma in foster care: https://www.csp.edu/publication/trauma-children-in-foster-care-a-comprehensive-overview/
Maternal mortality rates in the US: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/maternal-mortality/2020/maternal-mortality-rates-2020.htm
Maternal mortality rates in the US high and increasing: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2020/nov/maternal-mortality-maternity-care-us-compared-10-countries
Native woman in OK convicted of manslaughter over miscarriage. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/oklahoma-woman-miscarriage-manslaughter-conviction-b1941623.html
“Trigger laws” banning forms of contraception. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/09/mississippi-governor-contraception-abortion-rights