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Abortion is Healthcare. All Abortion. Every. Single. Fucking. Time.

I’m pro-choice. I used to be “pro-life.” Like I thought the pill caused abortions “pro-life.”

Anti-choice policies don’t reduce abortions. They increase them. This has been shown time and time again. The numbers do not lie.

The pill doesn’t cause abortions, it prevents them. Not just by giving people freedom to experience sex, but by reducing ovulation and preventing sperm from entering Fallopian tubes. Women not on hormonal birth control flush out fertilized eggs at a MUCH HIGHER rate than women on the pill. (not that flushing a fertilized egg is an abortion. It’s not. But if you were like me, and you thought this, you are wrong!)

You can’t force someone to donate an organ. If you need a kidney and I am the only option and choose not to give you my kidney, you can’t force me. Even if it means that you will die. If you are in a car accident and are brain dead, but not an organ donor, the hospital cannot use your organs. Even if it means that multiple people will die. Even if you were the cause of the car accident. It has been proven philosophically over and over again that it is unethical to do so. Even though you might disagree, even if it goes against your religious beliefs, even if it results in a loss of multiple lives, you can’t forcefully use someone’s organ.

The presence of a heartbeat does not indicate life. The neural formings of a 6 week old embryo is not the same as the living, breathing woman who owns the uterus it is implanted in. If you are brain dead, despite having a heartbeat, you are not alive. Even if you are breathing. While the embryo might be replicating and growing through cell division, that does not mean it can exist and grow without the presence of the woman. Just like a brain dead individual cannot continue to breath without mechanical help.

Finally, I love babies. I have cried with joy at work when friends have told me they are pregnant. I have seen friends who did not want to be mothers parent and care for wonderful children who will grow up to be amazing people.

But outlawing abortion is unethical. And I mean all abortion. I support abortion at 6 weeks, 14 weeks, and 31 weeks. If you get an abortion at 31 weeks, I know that you put in the heart-wrenching work. I know you wanted that pregnancy. I know that an abortion will be less painful for your child than suffocating for hours before dying in agony. It means being able to mourn your child.

It means trusting that women are rational creatures, capable of making choices.

It means healthcare. It means safety.

Also, you can’t fucking “re-implant” an ectopic pregnancy. That’s not how any of this works. And if you are spreading misinformation to force women to be pregnant or FUCKING DIE FROM INFECTION, fuck you.

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