Tuesday, January 16, 2007

No abortion access-- but the women aren't dying!

When you read the feminist press about abortion issues, the constant refrain is that there are still many barriers to access.

Canada is one of the most liberal places in the world when it comes to abortion laws. There are none. An abortionist could kill a fetus at 37 weeks, and it would be perfectly legal in Canada-- not that too many of them would do that. The point is that abortion is completely unregulated by the law.

One of the main debating points of feminists on this issue is that if abortion is illegal, that is, is women cannot access a safe, legal procedure (safe for them, bien entendu) that they will resort to ending their pregnancies in potentially hazardous methods that could lead to death.

But, according to feminists, there are vast populations of women who do not have access to abortion for a variety of reasons.

Now, if millions of women in Canada do not have access to "safe and legal" abortion, why aren't there women injuring themselves and killing themselves in this day and age to rid themselves of their unborn children?

The situation is even more stark in the United States, especially in the South and in rural areas.

Yet, never a word about a woman even attempting an abortion on herself, let alone hurting herself or killing herself.

If a woman were to kill herself because of a botched, self-inflicted abortion (or even worse, at the hands of a butcher) you know the media would be all over it. We would never hear the end of it.

What this suggests to me is that there are millions of women in North America who cope with unplanned pregnancies, in spite of not having access to abortion.

They know enough to not attempt abortion; they don't injure themselves and they don't kill themselves. In spite of the lack of access to abortion women are not dying, and that the need for abortion in order to save women's lives is a crock.