One of the things that I find most disturbing in the Pro-Life/Pro-Choice debate is the use of language. Being Pro-Choice is NOT the same as being Pro-Abortion.
Choice entails many things. Being able to choose from a variety of birth control methods that are covered by health insurance. Educating our youth on how to prevent pregnancy with a variety of methods. Abstinence is certainly a viable option and is indeed the only 100% guaranteed way to avoid pregnancy and STDs. It should not however be the only thing we teach. It is completely unrealistic to believe that all teens are going to abstain from sexual intercourse outside of a committed relationship. Some will, certainly, but others will not. Those that do not chose abstinence deserve to know their options. Educating them on the proper use of pregnancy prevention would greatly reduce the numbers who turn to abortion. And finally, it is a woman's choice to do with her body as she sees fit.
Pro-Life is all well and good. I'm for life. But it needs to include support for the mother before and after birth and not just criminalizing abortion. Telling a young, single woman that she MUST have her child and then doing nothing to support her is as heinous an act in my eyes as the abortion itself is to a Pro-Lifer.
Woman have been finding ways to end and prevent pregnancies for as long as man has been around. Our knowledge of the human body and medical methods have improved to the point that we can be successful more often than not in preventing pregnancy or ending it without destroying the health of the woman. If you look at abortion rates, legal and illegal, around the world you often find the highest rates where reliable birth control is limited or missing entirely. With comprehensive family planning assistance that includes education and reliable birth control, abortion rates will drop.
This is what I mean by Choice. It is not limited to abortion but instead relies upon education and access to birth control. I support President Obama and his efforts.
When all is said and done, both sides want to see fewer abortions.