I have already suggested that in order to reduce abortion rates not only do we have to make abortion itself illegal, but we also have to deal with the underlying issues that cause particularly mothers but also families to choose abortion.
However, beyond the legislative issues we have to deal with, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that many of our issues are cultural. If we’re being entirely honest, the reason voluntary abortion exists is because people do not want to deal with the consequences of what they want to do. It is like that in anything, and there are so many parallels we can draw to even simpler scenarios. Many actions lead to undesirable consequences, and we are always looking for a way out of situations that we don’t want to be in.
Imagine you just got a speeding ticket, and there was a way to eliminate the undesirable consequence of having to pay that ticket. You would take the opportunity and utilize that loophole to get out of paying your speeding ticket. Imagine you didn’t study for a test, but there was a way to avoid the undesirable consequence of failing the test. You would prefer to avoid the consequence of your action, and even if it meant doing something you knew was wrong like cheating, you might do it if the consequence you are trying to avoid meant enough to you.
That’s the issue with abortion. However, at the same time, they want to have entire and complete sexual freedom to do whatever they want, whenever they want. They want the action, but they do not want the inevitable consequence that sometimes happens even with birth control in place.
Therefore, when they realize that their actions have brought about a particular consequence, abortion is a very convenient way to prevent the consequence from actually being realized. Rather than realize that they can refrain from sexual activity to similarly prevent an unintended pregnancy from ever being realized, they prefer to simply kill the life that they have started by their action.
This is a cultural issue at its root. Ever since the Sexual Revolution, it has become unfashionable to say that there should be any limits on sexual activity. After all, it is a human function, and we should be able to enjoy it whenever we want. However, abortion has provided a culturally accepted way to literally leave no strings attached. The natural consequence has been divorced from the natural action, and we simply decided we wanted the action so much that we will go to any lengths, even murder, to prevent the consequence that we do not want.
Perhaps then the only way to solve this problem of abortion is to change the cultural narrative. Rather than saying that abortion is acceptable way to deal with the consequences of unfettered sexual freedom, maybe we need to get back to the roots of sexual relations. Is this type of liberation actually a good thing? Studies would suggest that perhaps it is not. For example, people who have had multiple partners in the past report less happy marriages down the road, and casual sex has been shown to cause long and short-term psychological distress.
Maybe we need to simply get back to the point I have been hammering home throughout this entire series. Scientifically speaking, life begins at conception, and anybody who tells you differently is blatantly wrong. They will try a lot of linguistic gymnastics to try and define when life begins, but perhaps this is what it will take to change the culture and get people to realize how bad abortion really is.
Bottom line, I don’t know what it will take to change our culture, but that is where it needs to start.
We have made a variety of sinful decisions in our fallen world. As a result, there is evil all around us. Only when we figure out how to deal with this cultural problem will we finally be able to stop the demand for abortion.