Abortion Is a Right

Fucking deal with it

Annabelle Wagner

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From the 2017 women’s march in Washington, D.C.

A little while ago, I published a piece entitled “Childbirth Isn’t Beautiful. It’s Horrifying” in response to the recent leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Of course, with a topic as controversial as abortion I expected there would be some dissent in the comments. And there was.

Look, I understand and accept that as a writer on the internet (especially one of the woman variety) I’m going to come into contact with people who don’t agree with my opinions, even insult me for them. That’s fine. Bring it on.

And then, this morning, the craziest thing happened.

A person’s right to choose whether or not they want to carry a pregnancy to term is an issue that I’m very passionate about, and it absolutely infuriates me that six people who were not voted into office(two of whom have credible sexual assault allegations against them) just unilaterally decided that people shouldn’t have that right.

And so, though I usually try not to engage with my opposers, I feel compelled to address some of the points they were making.

Adoption Is Not the Solution You Think It Is

It’s a common refrain you hear from pro-life protestors: “Just put the baby up for adoption!” But it just isn’t that simple, is it? First of all, that does nothing to address the fact that a lot of people are terrified of childbirth and don’t want to go through it. And secondly, where are all these people who are going to adopt these babies?

There’s a popular clip circulating TikTok right now of a man going up to pro-life protestors holding “Choose Adoption” signs and asking how many of them have adopted children. Can you guess how many, between four women? I’ll give you a hint: none. One woman said she hasn’t adopted because she has two of her own.

Of. Her. Own.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear: non-biological children are not your backup plan. If the only reason you are adopting is that you can’t, for whatever reason, have biological children, then you should not be adopting. Adoption is not about fulfilling your dreams of becoming a parent; it’s not about you at all. It’s 100% about finding a loving home for…

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Annabelle Wagner

Storyteller. Lover of cats. Holding a BA in English/Creative Writing from Point Park University. She/her.