I really think feminism is important to fix our society. I hate how women are objectified and used as sexual symbols. But personally I don’t agree with everything in the feminist movement. One topic especially that I don’t agree with other feminists is about abortion. Feminists claim that getting an abortion should be a decision that only a woman can make. But the thing about legalizing abortion is that abortion itself it’s not the problem. The problem in question is unexpected pregnancy.
To solve a problem, one needs to stop the problem from happening, not to give a solution after it happens. So, legalizing abortion doesn’t really fix the problem of unexpected pregnancy. Unexpected pregnancies usually happen due to a lack of prevention. So the solution to the problem would be prevention through contraceptive methods and also learning about these methods. Because if a woman or man doesn’t know all the methods that they can use to avoid an undesirable pregnancy, they are coming from the wrong direction to look for a solution to their problem. And on top of my head I can name a few contraceptive methods: abstinence, pull-out, male condom, female condom, birth control pill, birth control shot, diaphragm and intrauterine devices. So let me say it: it is up to you to use one, two, three, or four of these endless contraceptive methods to not get pregnant and not depend on abortions. It is the woman’s choice, no one is taking your right to use more than two or three contraceptive methods and not get pregnant. Women should be fighting to get those contraceptive methods more easily and not be fighting for the right to do something that they might even regret doing. If you are pro-choice, do you even know the methods used to abort pregnancies? Just watch the video, if you can.
So, now we are claiming to have the right to get abortions. You get the abortion, but the problem is still there: unexpected pregnancy. In terms of rate of unexpected pregnancy (which is the problem to be solved here), would legal abortion reduce, increase or not change it? Tricky to answer to this question, but I think that it is more likely that abortion would increase the rate of unexpected pregnancy. Abortion being easily accessed and having low cost, people would not have the pressure on using contraceptive methods. The same person could easily get one, two, three… abortions, because it really would be up to them. They could get pregnant as many time as they want and get as many abortion as they want. But the unexpected pregnancy (let’s not forget, the real problem here) would still be happening over and over again. Literally the right for people to get pregnant as many times as they want and not give birth one single time!
Abortion is a delicate matter, but I don’t think legalizing it is not the way to go. I don’t need to be pro-choice just because I’m a feminist. Some feminist say they’d not get an abortion but they are still pro-choice. Is it a code saying I need to agree with everything from the movement? Or I can have my own opinion about some subjects? Don’t forget, you’re feminist, but you can still not agree with some topics, it will not make you less of a feminist.
Civil Engineer and Technician in Civil Construction from Brazil. Loves learning more and more about Civil Engineering and dreams about giving his contribution to improve Civil Engineering. Favorite hobbies are travelling and solving puzzles that involve science. Believes that we should be the change that you wish to see in the world.