The governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevins, just passed a bill in my home state that says that it is a requirement to show women the ultrasound of the fetus before the abortion. For one, that is a waste of money using an ultrasound, but it is also unethical. Another terrible policy passed was to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Here, I will discuss the ways politicians and people use their misconceptions to argue against a person's right to make decisions about their own body. Below is a list of myths about abortions that need everyone needs to know.
There is a misconception that abortion is a sad and disheartening moment for a woman. Of course that may be true for some, but generally abortion is for those who are in desperate need and are thankful to
have the procedure done when it's over. There is an assumption that
people will regret an abortion, and recently with the anti-abortion
march this year there were people at the march that stated they
regretted their decision, but most do not regret this decision. There is
much ignorant rhetoric by the anti-choice groups, and one of those is
the view that abortion is "baby killing." A baby and a fetus are
different where the baby has been birthed and is living outside of the
mother, while a fetus is more like a 'thing' that is developing because
of the mother. Therefore the fetus is part of the person and they should
be the only one to make the decisions about their body.
rhetoric additionally tends to be gendered where it is thought that only
women need access to an abortion. One could say that the partner also
needs an abortion, but here I am specifically speaking about Trans men
who need abortions. This is not hard to understand: Trans men can get
pregnant even when taking T (testosterone), so clearly cis gender women
are not the only people that need access to abortion.
Furthermore, I often ask myself if we would be having these cultural and
political conversation if cis gender men gave birth, needed birth
control or needed access to an abortion. But I am not going to spend
time on this thought because Gloria Steinem and other feminists have
before. Now there is much already to discuss when the same people that
want to separate church and state for the purposes of avoiding taxing
their churches are the same people that want to impose their religious
ideologies into state politics. But still as recently as days ago into
2017, my home state has passed egregious bills to reverse progress in
A second misconception is that foster care is a better option.
But that means that the person is forced to carry till birth and give
the child away. There are so many children in foster care. Children's Rights
states that "In 2015, over 670,000 children spent time in U.S. foster
care [62,000 waiting to be adopted]. On average, children remain in
state care for nearly two years and six percent of children in foster
care have languished there for five or more years. Despite the common
perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young,
the average age of kids in care is nearly 9." More Black men are
incarcerated today than were enslaved in 1850 according to Michelle
Alexander, which could be affecting more than half of children entering
U.S. foster care who were young people of color according to Children's Rights.
is limited research on those who choose to foster children and the
living conditions of those children who are fostered. I knew two parents
that were both bus drivers and they had taken in a couple foster
children while living in terrible
conditions and caring for their other children. At one time I would have
that they needed an extra check to care for their other children.
This is not to say that fostering is bad, and actually I admire those
who foster for the right reasons (not for money, and not for their ego.)
Research on foster care conditions will have to be further explored,
and there is much to be said on this subject, but I have exhausted this
The third misconception is that late term abortion are common.
They are not. And actually those who get late term abortions are those
who intended to carry the child to birth and ended up having
complications from the pregnancy. Thus they needed an abortion because
the baby would die anyway, or the person would suffer health risks. Most
abortions are done in the first couple of weeks when a person realizes
their pregnant. Actually as soon as they find out they're pregnant is
usually when they schedule for the appointment. Some doctors and
researchers suggest that the fetus "feels pain" after 24 weeks and
consciousness is developed in the third trimester as well, but as I
recollect when I started to feel pain and have consciousness--that
wasn't until I was probably 2 years old.
Next, one myth about abortions is that they are on the rise when this is not true either. The abortion rate has been on the decline for years, and hit its lowest
level in 2011, according to the latest data available from the Guttmacher Institute.
There are many reasons for this, one being the greater acceptance and
use of a variety of birth control methods, but another could be the fact
that access to abortion is not easy. There are many barriers to this
procedure and one of those barriers is the location when many people
would have to drive 3 or more hours away to have the procedure done. One
another barrier is the restrictive standards of abortion clinics.
Another fact that the Guttmacher Institute states is that 61% of people
who had abortions in 2008 were parents, and 34% had two or more
children. This statistic was higher between then and 2011. This is
interesting because often the narrative of is of a clueless, young,
Another myth is that tax funds is used for abortions,
but this is not the case. Tax funds may go to organizations that offer
this service, but there is audits that make sure that tax funds do not
go towards abortion services. The dialogue around defunding Planned
Parenthood is that there is a belief that most citizens are
in fact the majority of people across the US believe that abortion
should remain legal and accessible for everyone. I find it extremely
inconsistent that groups that call themselves 'pro-life' do not advocate
for defunding the police and military, or banning killing animals for
sport. What's more, some believe that simply
banning abortion (much like banning or criminalizing anything) will stop
it from happening when this is not the answer. Abortion is illegal in
many places around the
globe, and this is connected to the fact that people in those places are
dying due to unsafe conditions and procedures. What would happen
instead here in America is that people would be seeking out dangerous
alternatives. People have the right to make decisions about their body,
including the right to safe, accessible, affordable health care.
The take away message here is that people should not be forced to give
birth when they don't want to, can't
afford it, are not ready-- and all reasons for an abortion are valid.
These laws and bills greatly affect the vast majority of people. I have
used Plan B several times, and that's luckily due to the fact
that I had access to this product at the nearest Wal-Mart, so in those
moments I think to myself: I am 'at risk' of needing an abortion in my
lifetime (especially because I am choosing to never have children.) I
had my partner go in and buy Plan B
all those times so I wouldn't to be seen buying it at midnight or early
in the morning, or running into anyone I knew--even though it shouldn't
be stigmatized for being a normal human animal.