I was actually a little incredulous that Mountain Xpress published Diana Ronald-Szabo's letter, which beat the old "abortion is murder" drum [“Call Abortion What It Is: Murder,” March 9]. I was further surprised to see Erika Harrison's response in print [“Appreciate Those Who Protect the Right to Choose,” March 23 Xpress].
Neither the most Catholic pro-lifer nor atheist pro-choice advocate wants an abortion! The issue here is: What are we women doing wrong that results in 1.25 million cases of unwanted pregnancy termination per year in the U.S. alone? We do know what causes pregnancy, don't we? While I concede that both a male and female are required and responsible for every pregnancy, it is ultimately the woman's decision whether to conceive, at least as long as rape is illegal. We know if we're fertile, we know if we're protected and we overwhelmingly have more self-control than men when it comes to the decision to copulate. There is an embarrassing amount of female stupidity and irresponsibility demonstrated by the high number of abortions in this country. It's obvious that we're using it as retroactive birth control. My sisters, that's dumb.
You can be sure that if it were men's bodies that were to be burdened, even ravaged by pregnancy and delivery or abortion, there would be mandatory birth-control stations in every high school and place of employment. I think we can tackle this personal women's issue without government or clerical intervention. Regardless of legal or religious rules, the “choice” to become pregnant is ours. This gives every woman the power to incrementally guide the genetic future of mankind. This power carries the enormous responsibility to create or not create another human life. It's not a casual undertaking. Somewhere on the spectrum between taking a chastity vow and freebasing clomiphene, every woman can surely find her conception comfort zone, and eliminate the argument for or against abortion altogether.
See? Problem solved! Now we can use abortion clinics to treat cancer, and pro-life picket signs for kindling fires to warm the homeless.
— Mary Quinn