So for those of you who have not heard, the only clinic in north Alabama that provides abortions (located in Huntsville) is set to close on Friday and surrender its license on Monday of next week. With all the heated discussion about it, I decided to find someone that is pro-life (obviously was not hard at all) to discuss the issue with. It actually turned out quite well, unlike most of my debates. Because the interviewee wants to remain anonymous, I’ll give them the name Anna. Enjoy and feel free to comment.
Me: So the Alabama Women’s Center clinic in Huntsville is surrendering its license on Monday. It’s the only clinic between Tuscaloosa and Nashville that provides abortion services. How does that make you feel?
Anna: I’m really happy to hear that.
Me: And why is that a good thing in your opinion?
Anna: It makes it more difficult for women in this area to get an abortion; they have fewer options of places to go.
Me: So you think trying to eliminate places for a woman to get an abortion will stop her from getting one?
Anna: Absolutely not. However, if they have to drive further away to get one, they might decide against the abortion if they’re unsure about getting one in the first place.
Me: Let me give you a scenario. A woman in Huntsville is having severe complications with her pregnancy. She has to have an emergency abortion to save her life. She has over an hour drive either direction to the closest clinic that will provide her one and she can’t make it. She dies on the way. Why is her life not thought about?
Anna: People have things that threaten their lives every day that may not make it to the hospital before it’s too late. The majority of women that have a pregnancy that is life threatening would go to a hospital long before they go to a clinic if it is an emergency. I doubt a clinic will wheel in an emergency abortion that needs to happen ASAP.. They have paper work and stuff that has to be done. Abortion clinics are more conveniently used for thought-about abortions and hospitals are used for life-saving abortions. There doesn’t have to be close abortion clinics just to make it easier for a woman to abort her child when there are better options to save her life.
Me: Do you know how many hospitals in the entire country will provide abortions, including emergency abortions? It’s 603. Do you know how many hospitals there are in the country? It’s around 5,700. Do you know anyone that has had an abortion?
Me: And how old was she when she had it?
Me: And how did she react?
Anna: She was haunted by guilt for years and to this day regrets having the procedure done.
Me: The overwhelming majority of women do have guilt about doing it. A lot even have to go through counseling. It isn’t something easy to do, as you have heard about firsthand. So why then are these women, who are making literally life-changing decisions, being ridiculed, belittled, and called names when they already have to deal with these other feelings they are going through?
Anna: Ridiculing or belittling someone for a decision that they made in the past should never happen; especially if they are constantly feeling guilty about it. That does no good whatsoever. Instead of focusing on insulting guilty women, more time and energy needs to be devoted to discouraging future abortions so that fewer women will have to go through the guilt that follows such a big decision.
Me: I couldn’t agree more actually. But a lot of people claim that these women go into a clinic once a week, chewing gum, reading their issue of Cosmo, then get out in time to have a martini with their girlfriends. They claim that they use abortions as a form of birth control. Do you think this is fair?
Anna: Although I personally despise abortion and wish it didn’t exist, I know that being put in a situation where it seems like the only option would be extremely difficult. If you’re a teenager who may get kicked out of your house for being pregnant with no hope for college, or being unemployed with no way to afford taking care of a child, it may seem like the only thing to do. Because of this, these women do it willingly. They are making the decision to end their child’s life because it’s inconvenient for their lives at that time. But doing it willingly does’t mean that they are doing it happily. Saying that they have no problem making this choice is not a fair assumption. However, you have to wonder how this can be such a hard decision most likely to result in guilt if there is nothing wrong with doing it.
Me: Most people who are pro-choice do not say that there is nothing wrong with abortion. Most will even say they do not recommend them. Instead, they feel it is a private decision that a woman should be allowed to make on her own. That is what pro-choice people fight for. Yet, they are labeled as murderers. So that leads to my last question. After all that you have said, why do you think that your friend who had an abortion, and all the women that we have said go through guilt, grief, pain, and counseling, are wrong for the decision that they made?
Anna: They are wrong because they have killed their child. Murder is murder, despite being put in a difficult situation. They have chosen to end the life of someone else instead of finding other, better alternatives. For example, adoption. Give your child the chance at a better life if you can’t afford to give him/her that life yourself. You don’t have to kill a baby to erase the problem; deal with the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy. It’s not fair that a tiny child’s fate is decided by their mother and they don’t get a say in whether or not they want to live. If every citizen in this country has the same inalienable rights, our unborn babies should have the same rights and it should be just as illegal to take these away from them as it is to take them away from anyone else.
Okay we’ll end it at that for the sake of keeping it short. Hopefully we can have a part two later on dealing with the issue of murder/fetal rights which is really a debate in itself. So thanks to Anna for the good debate.