A recent report indicates that the number of abortions have risen slightly in the last few years.  Immediately, there was the usual hue and cry from the anti-abortion movement.  The pro-choice movement chimed in as well, expressing concern.

This reminded me of a statement years ago by Kate Michelman, the President of the National Abortion Rights Action League, who said that abortion was a “bad thing.”    Then there was the time when Hillary Clinton said abortion was a “tragedy.”   

When a woman is faced with an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy, there are three possible outcomes:   give birth to the unwanted child, give the child up for adoption and abortion.  All three options are not perfect.    With adoption, the mother will carry a child for nine months and give it up and possibly never see it again.   Think of the guilt, the second guessing.   With childbirth, it goes without saying that the life of an unwanted child might be fraught with problems.  Then, there is abortion where it is possible that a woman might ultimately “regret” that decision later on as her life became more stable.

Then why is it that even the pro-choice movement feeds into the stigma of abortion by saying things like it is a “bad thing?”   Could not childbirth or adoption ultimately be a “bad thing” as well?    

Abortion is not the tragedy.  Indeed, the availability of abortion services has actually saved hundreds and thousands of lives since abortion was legalized in this country.   If anything is a “tragedy,” it is the when a woman is faced with an unwanted pregnancy.  And, instead of stigmatizing the abortion procedure (and, by reference, the abortion doctors), the pro-choice movement should focus on doing whatever it can to insure that every child is a wanted child and will come into this world under the best circumstances possible.