If you want to ACTUALLY lower the abortion rate, then demand low cost or free or OTC long lasting birth control; demand comprehensive medically and scientifically accurate sex education; and give paid maternity leave, healthcare, child care and education!
Looking at some major causes of abortion and addressing its systemic issues are a far more effective in curbing abortions than banning them.
Have we not learned a history lesson from prohibition? Or the current failed war on drugs?
Outlawing alcohol and drugs resulted in a rise in drug addictions. The more dangerous illicit substances, the more violent crime and higher rates of addiction.
America’s drug and alcohol problems didn’t just persist, they actually proliferated.
Making something illegal doesn’t make the problem go away. It just fosters a criminal, unregulated market, as the demand still remains.
Conservatives refuse to ban guns because they claim it won’t stop criminals from obtaining them and using them for violence.
So why would they expect a ban on abortions to magically make them disappear?
This type of positional inconsistency renders their political stances a bit idiotic.
The Christian far right can’t have it all -- abstinence, no birth control, underfunded social programs and a ban on abortions -- and expect the problem to disappear.
This belief is simply wishful thinking of a fantasy world, where all humans are asexual religious prudes.
Pro-lifers have a simple choice: Either support legislation that contradicts their intended goals and demonize women for receiving abortions, or seek alternative ways to address the systemic causes of the demand to terminate a pregnancy.
Of course, most won’t look at these policies because being pro-life has become a litmus test for religious zeal and conservative values.
But this only proves these people aren’t pro-life; they’re just pro-birth. They don’t care about the woman or the infant. They just care about forcing their views on everyone else. Abortion will never be absolutely zero. So whether you take steps to actually reduce unintended pregnancies or not, abortion must remain accessible, legal, and unrestricted.