Abortion debate must take into account women#039;s safety and well-being

by Beacon Staff • February 6, 2008

I'm confused when I read anti-choice material by those who write about abortion without writing about women ("Unhappy Anniversary," Jan. 31). Discussing abortion without relying on the diverse contexts of such a difficult choice inevitably simplifies the issue and distorts the character of that choice to the women who make it.,Dear Editor,

I'm confused when I read anti-choice material by those who write about abortion without writing about women ("Unhappy Anniversary," Jan. 31). Discussing abortion without relying on the diverse contexts of such a difficult choice inevitably simplifies the issue and distorts the character of that choice to the women who make it. Instead of narrowing the conversation, let's talk about why women choose abortion-because they have, and they will.

If Roe is overturned, women will still attempt to end unwanted pregnancies, but the procedure won't be safe anymore. Consider that women's lives are the "precious lives" not regarded as an inherent complexity of the issue. They deserve greater evaluation just as women's voices on the issue deserve more respected platforms. We're all capable of talking about the abortion issue without using dismissive positions to erase why women make that choice; to get started, we must become familiar with the range of conditions that have forced women and men into parenthood.

We ought to listen to women who have or have thought about ending a pregnancy. We can't forget that with every choice to have an abortion, there is a woman making that choice; the same cannot be honestly said about how women come to face such a difficult decision. With this in mind, the abortion issue entails that when we talk about abortion, we talk about women's lives.

-Jessica Winck

Senior

WLP