A woman is more than the sum of her reproductive parts.
But the narrative coming from politicians and the media these days seems to contradict this fact. Those who desire to protect innocent human persons in the womb are often portrayed as anti-woman. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I celebrate the rights that we American women have. We can vote, run for office, own businesses, and serve our country in the military. My daughters can dream as big as they like, and use their God-given talents however they choose. Together we can work hard and accomplish big things. But that doesn’t mean we have to support abortion.
In our culture today, abortion rights have become synonymous with women’s rights. This is a travesty. I can think of few things that hurt women more than abortion. Abortion is a tool of genocide, which has been used in many nations as a tool for gender discrimination. Sex selection by abortion has killed untold numbers of Chinese and Indian women, who would have been allowed to live if they had been male. Fortunately, recent changes in Indian law may help curb this genocide.1
In the US, where most abortions are done for convenience rather than for gender selection, abortions still hurt women.2 The physical and psychological side-effects of abortion are well-documented, and physical side effects of the procedure are acknowledged even by the pro-abortion community.3 Abortion leaves physical and emotional scars on women, while depriving unborn persons of their “inalienable rights” to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Can I support women’s rights while opposing abortion? Absolutely. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do the same.
By Heather Kuruvilla, Ph.D., Center for Bioethics Fellow