Here is a scenario that is played out every day in the United States.
A woman who has been sexually active, most often promiscuously, gets hit with the realization that actions have consequences. In this case, the woman finds out that she has become pregnant unintentionally. Completely unprepared and unwilling to create a suitable environment in which to raise her offspring, her first response to finding out she’s gotten pregnant is to ask herself, “How do I get myself out of this situation..quickly… and with the least amount of inconvenience?”
In a society where quick fixes have nearly completely replaced principles, the question about how to solve an unintentional pregnancy often naturally leads a woman to research abortion options, including finding out what methods are available to terminate a pregnancy and what cost is associated with each of those options. The market for abortion is well-established in the United States, which means that the supply and demand aspects of the abortion economy have set accepted price ranges for everything from the “morning after pill” to the premature surgical removal of a child from its mother.
Emergency contraceptives, the Plan B or morning after pill, including generic forms, normally cost $50 or less. Abortion pills designed to kill a fetus can cost as much as $800. Depending upon how far along the pregnancy is, the clinic price for a surgical abortion can range from $450 during the first trimester to around $1500 for procedures done after the first trimester, when the baby has developed into a viable person.
That’s a quick overview of the prices associated with performing abortion, but what are the real costs of abortion? There are also significant costs that women don’t anticipate when they are escorted through the process at their local Planned Parenthood clinic without really understanding the implications of what they’re doing.
To truly understand the costs associated with abortion, here are some points worth considering.
Psychological Costs of Abortion
There are usually significant psychological issues experienced by women who have had abortions. According to several published studies, women who choose the abortion route (often through manipulation and lacking full disclosure) are much more likely than their counterparts who bear a child to require psychiatric counseling after an abortion, especially within the first few years after their abortion takes place. Feelings of guilt and regret are commonly reported among this group.
Psychological repercussions of abortion for women include:
Drug and alcohol abuse
Increased suicide rate
The Value of a Soul
This is obviously a moral and spiritual issue, but it must be considered when discussing abortion, since abortion most often kills an otherwise viable life. Adherents to religious systems and other formal explanations about the purpose of life in the United States place at least some degree of value on life. Otherwise our civilization would accept all forms of murder, which would make ours a society without law or order and which would quickly lead to its end.
In my own religion, it is understood that a person’s soul is eternal, and that the spirit of a man or woman (a perpetual conscience associated with spiritual matter) exists before being brought to this sphere of existence through the process of conception, pregnancy, and delivery, a process which are considered very sacred. For me personally, the cost of interrupting that process through abortion and the immoral circumstances that most often attend it, especially as casually as it is done in modern society, is much too great to condone.
Societal Costs of Abortion
Another topic to consider with regard to abortion has to do with trends that have been observed since abortion was made legal by a 1973 Supreme Court ruling.
The United States has seen an increase in divorce that has been connected to the increased tendency of men and women to be sexually promiscuous. Increased access to abortion, a quick and easy solution for sexual partners who prize instant pleasure over morals and responsibility, does away to a large degree with the parenting obligation that is a natural consequnce of with sexual relationships. Removing that obligation through abortion causes more divorce, which, by the way, also happens to lead to voice for choice in our society.
There is another obvious cost of sexual promiscuity that is fueled by the levels of access to abortion that have been established over the past 40 years. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Jonathan Klick and Thomas Stratmann) published an abstract in 2003 that concluded that occurrences of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) significantly increased as a result of states individually legalizing abortion in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Can We Afford Abortion?
If you oversimplify the costs associated with abortion, and associate the practice with a price tag limited at $1,500 for each occurrence, it may lead you to think that abortion is something we could handle paying for. However, when you understand the true costs of abortion, including the consequences felt by the unborn child who loses a chance at life, the regretful woman who participates in that form of birth control, and the society that has given up significant elements of its moral grounding, there is a clear answer to that question: No, our society cannot afford abortion!