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Abortion: An Unapologetic Choice Over Adoption

Abortion: An Unapologetic Choice Over Adoption
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In a world where having a child doesn’t necessitate obtaining a license, the gravity of one of the most profound decisions is left to chance and destiny. Challenging the perspectives of the anti-abortion movement, which at times propagates misleading notions, adoption is proposed as a solution for individuals facing unwanted pregnancies and feeling pressured to carry them to term. However, within this contentious debate, Michael Lee’s ‘The Abortion Bible’ offers a compelling perspective that questions the efficacy of this proposed solution.

His narration serves as a beacon of reason to embrace reality. He argues that Adoption is not one size fits all solution and that every situation is different. Every woman should have choices, not commands and mandates from state government that know little about their lives. The Abortion Bible throws light upon why adoption is not the answer to women’s hopes.

Adoption is not a simple solution for unwanted children, as the author points out in their book. Coercing pregnant women into giving birth increases the risk of pregnancy complications leading to maternal death by 14 times. Additional elements like existing medical issues, the risk of job loss, compromised educational prospects, and strained relationships with the child’s father further contribute to the complexity. The enduring emotional attachment formed during the nine-month pregnancy period leads to only approximately 1% of women choosing adoption for their children.

Furthermore, Michael underscores the importance of respecting women’s autonomy in decisions regarding their bodies and pregnancies. These choices significantly impact their emotional and mental well-being, economic circumstances, relationship dynamics, and family planning.  Consider the case of Kayla, a 19-year-old pregnant woman lacking resources or financial stability who contemplates suicide due to her inability to envision a future tied to her abusive boyfriend and carrying his child. It is a denial of reality that adoption is an easy solution and assuming that somebody else will readily take the responsibility for her.

Abortion opponents will find themselves increasingly swimming against the tide of trying to control women’s fertility. They will win battles but not the long war. It is essential to recognize that the discussion surrounding abortion and adoption often oversimplifies the complex web of factors that influence a woman’s choice. While adoption might seem like a viable alternative on the surface, it fails to account for the profound emotional and psychological toll it can take on a birth mother. The decision to carry a child for nine months and then part with them is emotionally challenging and often underestimated.

Moreover, the adoption process itself is not without complications. It can be time-consuming, bureaucratic, and emotionally draining for all parties involved. The idea that adoption seamlessly provides a happy ending for an unwanted pregnancy is a misconception that needs debunking.

In the modern world, women are increasingly asserting their agency in reproductive matters. They are advocating for comprehensive sex education, access to contraception, and safe, legal abortion services. These efforts stem from a desire to make informed decisions about their bodies and futures, free from external judgment or coercion.

Michael Lee’s book, “The Abortion Bible,” sheds light on the intricate and multifaceted issues surrounding adoption and abortion. It challenges the notion that adoption is a one-size-fits-all solution for unwanted pregnancies and emphasizes the importance of respecting women’s autonomy in reproductive decisions. Globally, women increasingly demand that they control their own fertility, from birth control to abortion. They want to be the deciders, not beholden to the patriarchy of the state.

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