Okay, I’m shamelessly Facebooking on my blog with this, but concerning the whole contraceptives, rape and abortion controversy, this says it all!
Let me explain this for Dutch readers who may not have been following the whole debate about all this closely.
To begin with, most public schools in America don’t provide sex education to the students. In Texas, for example, the only thing related to sex that may be taught is abstinence: simply don’t have sex.
And yet teenage girls get pregnant. According to a survey covering 2006 to 2009, “the birth rate [in 2009] for females age 15-19 was 39.1 births per 1,000 females — a historic low for the US but significantly higher than other developed countries such as Canada (14 per 1,000), Germany (10 per 1,000) and Italy (7 per 1,000)”. And that only starts counting at age 15.
Some of these girls, and women too, may want an abortion, for example because they are not in a position to be responsible for a baby. However, several Republicans are trying to reverse Roe vs. Wade, the abortion act that makes abortion a woman’s choice. The idea is that if a girl or a woman gets pregnant, she’ll just have to deal with it.
About a month ago, Missouri Senator Todd Akin claimed that abortion after rape shouldn’t be legal, but that it’s a non-issue anyway, because when a woman is legitimately raped (whatever that means), her reproductive system shuts down and she can’t get pregnant. Incidentally, this guy is on the congressional science committee.
About a week ago, Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock claimed that rape victims should not have abortions because their pregnancies were still what God intended and the babies are still gifts from God. There has been some back-and-forth about whether or not him saying that God intended the pregnancy means he implied that God intended the rape, but frankly, I don’t see the difference. The end result is the same.
So, Can you think of any other metaphors for the issue? Are you for or against sex education in schools? Are you for or against allowing a woman an abortion after being raped? Give me your thoughts, including the reason you feel the way you do, in five paragraphs, double-spaced, and don’t forget your topic sentences.
I’m kidding! Just tell me what you think.