People who refuse to acknowledge the need for women to have access to safe abortions have their heads in the sand. Let’s be clear: No one likes abortions. But people like to have sex, and having sex leads to conceiving babies, not all of them desired.
The best way to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortions is to educate people about the consequences of having sex and to make sure they have access to affordable contraception – something, strangely, those who are most opposed to abortions don’t want to hear about, preferring to think people will magically give up on sex, which is unlikely to happen.
Even with that, there is little chance that all unintended pregnancies will ever be avoided, so the choice between carrying to term or interrupting a pregnancy must remain.
It is why the Washington Senate must approve the Reproductive Parity Act, an act that was introduced to make sure women will still have choices when it comes to their reproductive health when federal health care reform is implemented in 2014. It’s not for the insurance companies nor for the employers to decide if a woman has an abortion or not. It’s a private matter.
The short-sighted cuts in family planning funding that are presently being discussed in the Senate, and which will have to be paid four times over within the next nine months as a result of the inevitable unintended pregnancies they’ll cause, have no place in the next budget either.