I often wonder why there is such a stark difference between advocating for LGBT equality and abortion. The two issues stem from a very similar problem. People want to make decisions in their lives whether it be to get married, have an abortion or any other major life decision, without worrying about how society may portray them. Or what barbaric legal ramifications await them. LGBT people and women seeking abortions especially do not want legislators in their state capitals passing bills that openly discriminate against them or require undue burdens for safe and legal medical procedures.
So why don’t people rally around women who are seeking to attain an abortion like others did when same-sex couples were fighting for the right to marry?
Abortion is a very taboo subject, one that often makes people uncomfortable. We all know, or know of someone that has had an abortion. Statistically, 1 out of 3 women will have an abortion in their lifetime. That means 1 out of 3 of your friends, family members or classmates has had or will have an abortion at some point in their life, or perhaps you will yourself. Having an abortion doesn’t make you a different person than you were the day before, just like coming out as LGBT doesn’t. We need to be compassionate toward and try to understand why women choose to have abortions. Nobody looks forward to having one, no one is scheduling it on their calendar with a smile and a sense of glee. An abortion is not something decided upon lightly.
The abortion rights movement cannot simply fizzle out. There have been over 40 years of advocacy from people before us being passed down to our generation. We need to take a stance for our friends and family members who are treated unfairly. I am urging you, not to change your belief from “pro-life” to “pro-choice,” but to attempt to understand why a woman may choose to have an abortion.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.