According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth. Pro life does not usually mean a chance for a fetus to be born and live but to die slowly and painfully.
Unwanted pregnancy should be observed as medical condition that should be treated by abortion. The prevention of such medical condition should be contraception. The availability of reliable contraception for all, regardless of age or ability to pay, is an essential first step. In those lines I simply cannot find the connection between someone’s religious freedom and someone’s freedom of option. Why your freedom of option should be endangered by my medical condition? In theory countries should be neutral and secular. This is the only possible model that respects freedom of thought and freedom of religion. Yes, you have heard well, secular model defends the freedom of religion. For medical condition called unwanted pregnancy the model of secular state means safe and successful treatment . Religious persons should not be offended by this fact because in secular state their freedom of religion is guaranteed too. They are not obligated to treat unwanted pregnancy condition or any other medical conditions whose treatments are against their religions.(except in cases when public health is in danger, such as vaccinations of minors).
In religious states there is no an option for women and men ( some men can get pregnant too) for this medical condition to be treated. Consequences of untreated unwanted pregnancy are maternal death, mental health problems and many other reproductive organs health problems.
Dr Roch Cantwell, a consultant perinatal psychiatrist and chairman on The report, commissioned and published by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in 2011, included data on hundreds of thousands of women in 44 previous studies, said :
”Women who are carrying an unwanted pregnancy should be reassured that current evidence shows they are no more likely to experience mental health problems if they decide to have an abortion than if they decide to give birth.”
The debate on the ethics and legal abortion that is again brought up in many countries thanks to the conservative ,,new wave”. Again, bodies become a battle field of the ideologies. Saving of the souls, the souls of fetuses and roles of women as mothers are words that frequently can be heard when the word abortion is mentioned. Those words are fully legitimate in religious discuses but should be completely excluded from a medical one. Bodies are bodies but not battle fields. At least should not be. Body is body and one should have an option to decide how to treat it. The treatment should be available and safe. Even for those one who would refuse it. As in case of unwanted pregnancy.
Highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates. For example, as Guttmacher Institute explains, the abortion rate is 29 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in Africa, and 32 per 1,000 in Latin America — regions in which abortion is illegal under most circumstances in the majority of countries.
In the other words , If I can’t go at the doctor’s I will find the way to treat myself. In case of unwanted pregnancy self treatment is dangerous. According to the World Health’s organization data: Nearly half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe, and nearly all unsafe abortions (98 percent) occur in developing countries. In countries where abortion remains unsafe, it is a leading cause of maternal mortality.
The question of unwanted pregnancy treatment is not the question of religion, morals or any one’s views or opinion. That is question of health , well being and right. Right to not to let those more powerful of you to turn your own body into their own fields of ideologies. To those who care so much for what is in best interest of child is fully recommended to try to prevent those 22,000 children from dying everyday. Those children are already on this planet. They need real care for their bodies unlikely to unborn cells (pro-life activists call fetuses) . Fight for them is just imaginary!
If you had an abortion , or you need information on this medical condition, you can tell your story here and help to remove stigma https://www.womenonweb.org/