Well now that we've had four or five pro-choice posts, I feel compelled to play devil's advocate for the other side.
Why should the government raise certain people's children for them? I always vote for free child care and medical care for everyone, but I don't see these things as entitlements for some and not others.
Birth control may not be free for everyone, but it's very inexpensive in relation to other things like hourly wages. If a young woman can afford a cute outfit to go clubbing she can afford fifty dollars for a packet of birth control pills, or a little more for something that lasts three years, or the morning after pill (which can be bought for as little as $15 some places.) There really is no reason for so many young women to need an abortion. If we pushed as much for women to take responsibility for their own bodies, as we did for their right to abortion, there would be very little need.
I'm pro-choice because I don't think the government should be making the decision for anyone, but neither do I think the government owes a lifetime of financial and emotional support to a woman who has chosen to have and keep a baby. For the mothers to turn around and say to the pro-lifers, "Well you talked me into it now you have to raise it for me," is the height immaturity. It was ultimately her choice to have unprotected sex, her choice to forgo abortion, her choice to keep the baby rather than adopt it out. Now it's her responsibility to raise it.
Over population is ruining the climate and the planet. Why should the government encourage it by paying for it?
The argument that pro-lifers owe these women anything at all doesn't hold water. Whether or not abortion is legal is a matter of law. You can be against the death penalty without being willing to take over the financial care of the lifetime prisoner. You can be against separating immigrant families at the border without people asking you why you haven't taken any families into your home. Pro-lifers think abortion should be illegal because to them, killing a fetus is the same as killing a five year old. I believe killing a five year-old should be illegal and I can believe that without adopting a five year old. As it happens, I don't think a fetus is a "life" in that sense, but I respect those who do.
The show has given us this heavy handed pro-choice message, showing us how awful back street abortion was and how much better it is for the women now that it's legal, but we still haven't heard whether Dr Turner or Sister Julianne would feel about deliberately killing a fetus. No matter what life was like at home for the mother or how much stigma the single girl might endure for keeping the baby, it might still be murdering an innocent baby in their eyes. I remember Sister Julienne watching over the thalidomide baby as it died and I think she might feel the same way about that aborted fetus. But we haven't seen that or heard her say it, it's been all about sympathy for the mothers.
I just don't like way the show has pushed one agenda, and I feel like I'm being preached at.