For the most part, I like this solution (although I don't think there will ever be a solution to the issue of abortion that everyone will be happy with). No. 4 is a bit "ehh" to me-- it's definitely not the first time I've heard this idea presented, so I've done my fair share of thinking about it. I guess it makes sense, but I'm on the fence about it. *shrug*
I'm 100% pro-choice, regardless. It's a deeply personal decision that no one should be able to make for a woman except herself. The idea of forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy to term is equally despicable as forcing a woman to have an abortion she does not want. I have an... odd fear of pregnancy (I break into a cold sweat whenever there's a birth scene in a movie, and almost passed out once in school when watching a video explaining gestation and all that in health class... I even get a little tense when near a pregnant woman. I really don't know why. It makes me feel bad when a family member is pregnant and like "YAY!
" and I'm too terrified to even stand within ten feet of her,
/ramble) and the thought of being forced to carry a fetus inside me literally makes my skin crawl.
In my ideal little science fiction world, human genetics are altered so everyone is born sterile and cannot have the option of becoming fertile until they pass a rigorous series of tests proving that they are responsible enough to bring another person into the world. But that's just my ideal little science fiction world.
Also, totally agree on the abstinence-only stuff. When I was in middle school, my school's health class taught sex education that included abstinence as one of many
options when it came to birth control. I really liked it. Then when I was in eighth grade the policy changed and it was suddenly abstinence-only. There was some demonstration where the instructor gave a piece of gum to a student and had them chew it a bit. Then she asked for the gum back and asked, "Would anyone else like to chew this gum?" Nobody did, and the purpose of the demonstration was to compare someone who's had sex before marriage to chewed-up gum
. I'm not even exaggerating. Little 14-year old me (who was a lot angrier back then-- who wasn't?
) was furious, and I still seethe whenever I think about that.
(meh, sorry for derailing a bit with that tale, but I was filled with indignation after remembering it and had to get it off my chest. Mehhh!)