The pro-life responses I’ve gotten to my “40 Million Is Too Many” post reek of short-sightedness, hostility, and ignorance. As expected. So let’s straighten a few things up:
1) According to W.H.O., the correct number IS 40-50 million abortions worldwide. Please check YOUR facts.
2) No, the planet is NOT sustainable as it is! Any environmental scientist can tell you that. Population control isn’t about physical “space” for humans to fit into. (I can’t believe I’m explaining this third-grade level concept, but someone suggested we just move the extra 1 billion people to live on farmland… but how would minimizing food production sites HELP feed a growing population? SO short-sighted!) It’s all about resources and sustainability. Right now, real live humans are dying of thirst and hunger, all around the world, because there simply isn’t enough to go around. Every added person will be competing for those resources. In the past 60 years, we’ve added 4 billion to our population, and that number needs to DECREASE!
Besides the environmental damage, the competition for jobs is already tight… basic economics will tell you that when a large workforce enters a job market that isn’t hiring, it leads to decreased pay/benefits. Big businesses in a capitalistic society will always exploit people willing to work for less (or free). That’s why our jobs are already being outsourced to other countries. You can read up about it yourself, or calculate your own carbon footprint and do the math for everyone else on the planet - but either way, you can’t deny that population control is needed, and that abortion could save the world.
Source 1: http://www.worldwatch.org/global-population-surpasses-7-billion-two-clear-strategies-sustainable-future
Source 2: http://www.nature.org/greenliving/carboncalculator/
3) No, old people dying out would NOT “balance out” a sudden and rapidly growing generation within the past 23 years. Think about it…. slowly… just because more people are populating the planet doesn’t mean more people are dying. It just means more people are occupying the same space. Got it now? Good.
Source: Common sense!
4) As far as population control is concerned, I am not “killing off” anyone. Don’t bring people who are already-born into this debate, because it’s NOT the same! Fetuses do not have birth certificates or rights or a consciousness, nor have they ever contributed to society. Born humans have all of these things. An unwanted specimen who is dependent on and consumes the body of another to survive is medically defined as a parasite. An unplanned child can cause hurt and hardship, especially financially. So yes, I’d rather abort a parasitic cluster of cells than kill of real live humans to solve population control.
Remember this, and remember it well: People who choose abortion are faced with a tough decision. Nobody nefariously tries to get knocked up with the hopes of getting an abortion. I want a family someday, but it’s not feasible right now, and if I were to accidentally get pregnant, I’d have to make the devastating choice to get an abortion. Stop villainizing and shaming women who wish to make their own BIG life choices, using safe medical technology that is legal. Sorry guys, but abortion is NOTHING new. Coathangers really were a thing, and women were so desperate to get rid of the fetus inside them that they injured/killed themselves in the process. The only difference nowadays is that it’s safe and legal - and as an added bonus, abortion rates are LOWER in countries where abortion is legal! And before you keep picturing a poor full-grown child being slaughtered, most abortions happen in less than 9 weeks (the thing looks like a tadpole) & the legal cutoff is 20 weeks in most states.
Whether the reason a woman chooses abortion is financial, parent readiness, bad timing, being a minor, is a substance abuser, is single, is life-threatening to the mother, is the result of rape, or otherwise, it’s not your business to judge, because it’s not your lifelong responsibility to deal with. PERIOD! Unless you donate regularly to and volunteer at foster homes, or have adopted children of your own, you have no validity in forcing others to do what you want them to do. To say that “adoption is a better option” is ignorant, because foster kids end up angry, uneducated, and in jail most of the time.
Note: If you have taken an honest and realistic approach to anything I’ve written, and STILL would like to argue, then there’s no point in reasoning with you. I’ve tried my best, supported my claims with facts and sources, so I’m okay with the fact that your opinion is unchanged. The beauty of being pro-choice, you see, is that I’m not trying to make big life decisions (having kids) for other people based upon my personal beliefs.
PS, read up on why today’s abortion rates are the lowest since 1973: http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-are-abortion-foes-happy-the-abortion-rate-has-dropped-of-course-not-20140203,0,6828634.story