Why I’m Pro Choice

Today is Blog for Choice Day.

There is one reason and one reason only: because if abortion is illegal, women with money & power & connections will be able to have them still, and poor women with no power & access to pay for blackmarket services will not. While there are significant disparities of access and care with abortion legal, it is nothing like what it would be if it weren’t legal.

Abortion will not go away. It has always been with us. That said, holding men/boys responsible for children they father would be a good start. Getting honest sex education to teenagers and adults would be great. Free and easily-accessible birth control would go a long way toward preventing abortions. Dealing with the fact that people have sex – priceless.

Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. I’ve been saying this for years. Any law that attempts to stop abortion only stops the poor from getting safe abortions. The rich can always hop a plane to a more enlightened state or country.

    The poor will still get their abortions, but under horrendous and sometimes deadly conditions.

    This is just another example of the powerful trying to legislate morality for the powerless.

  2. Abortion is a synthetic issue drummed up by the right wing to replace fear of godless communism. The insistence that life begins at conception is a totalitarian conceit passed off as morality.


  3. I ended up with a few good comments back on my site after my comment there.. of course I admit my comment was one of the least intelligent ones because as a general rule I fail to think before saying things, but the new communication between other people made his ignorance almost worth it.

  4. Just as an addendum to what you wrote about affording teens proper information about sex and birth control and accessible birth control methods and devices- could we also throw in a mandatory senior year of child development coursework in all high schools in this country. Very soon after leaving (or during) high school many of the girl become mothers- and don’t have a clue as how to properly take care of a child- what normal expectations physically and emotionally are for the child, what essentials in motherhood are a must for proper emotional and physical development,- and all the same for the boys/fathers who as you say must be held accountable and responsible.
    In Cost Rica- DNA tests are mandatory when it is suspected that someone may have fathered a child and that person becomes responsible for that child’s support until 18 years of age. This is tracked on a national computer system. Payments from wages are deducted by law to support the child a male fathers. Sounds like a good system to me. It was instituted after the abolished the army and took the money and used it to establish a first rate educational system. Their motto is PURA VIDA which roughly translates as – a pure life and attidude; this can be seen in their social secutiry/national medical and dental and child care systems. We need some of that PURA VIDA here in this ocuntry.

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