I’m not condoning nor condemning abortion in this post, but I want readers to know that some women are in difficult situations.
I can’t sit on my high horse and say that someone is wrong if they terminate a pregnancy when I live two blocks away from a gynecologist while some women have to drive over an hour to see one. I’ve never been in an abusive relationship. I’ve never had a pregnancy scare. I don’t know what it’s like to consider making such a big decision. And if I did, I’m currently with a very supportive partner and have enough family members nearby to get through rough patches if I ever decide to have a child.
So many women are not in that situation and it’s not their fault.
So many parts of the United States offer no safety nets or education on preventing pregnancies. If we want to create a nation where women and their children have their best chance, we can work on education. We can try to create a more equitable society. We can also speak to some of the women who have been in those difficult situations and learn about why they’ve decided to keep a pregnancy, or why they decided to terminate one.
Compassion won’t fix every situation. There are always going to be people who disagree with each other on so many issues like abortion, but having some understanding could be a start.