Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of fiction and nonfiction.
I'm a senior citizen, so I remember when abortion was illegal ---yet I knew several young women in high school and college who had them anyway ---probably under very unsafe conditions. Contraception involved watching the calendar and having sex during what one hoped were infertile days or hoping the Trojan didn't break. And even after the pill went on the market, many young women were afraid to ask for a prescription from a doctor. Sex education in schools was non-existent and, at least in my parents' home, the word "sex" was mentioned only in hushed tones and never discussed.What I don't understand is that the very people who are most against abortion are also the ones who want to eliminate everything that might prevent abortion: contraception, education, condom distribution, reproductive services in clinics such as Planned Parenthood. I am pro-choice, but would be happy if no one ever had to make the difficult decision about whether to have an abortion or not. People are not going to stop having sex. Limiting women's choices before pregnancy will only create more unwanted pregnancies and therefore more abortions. Don't they get that?
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