Abortion is a sensitive topic. There are many different stances on it. There tends to be three main stances on abortion. The first is the conservative view – this says that abortion is murder and should never happen. The second is the extreme liberal view – this is pro-life and that women should always have a choice. The third is moderate, which is a balance of the two extremes. The moderate view tends to believe that abortion is wrong except in cases of rape or incest.
Ronnie Zoe Hawkins states that abortion is often seen as a “masculine” response to an unwanted pregnancy, and that it is seen as disrespecting the connection of women and nature. However, Hawkins also argues that abortion is part of a needed human population limitation. While in Western countries abortion should not be seen as a standard everyday birth control method for somebody, it is something that contributes to population control. For less wealthy countries, abortion is sometimes the only access to a form of birth control somebody has. Population control and population balance is something that is needed in order to preserve the Earth and its resources.
As a feminist, I believe that women have the right to choose what is best for their body. I believe women should be able to choose if they have an abortion or if they have a bunch of kids. At the same time, I believe that we have a responsibility to the world around us to not harm the environment. Ecofeminism means respecting not only human beings, but the Earth as well. If a person is pregnant and cannot have a child without it negatively impacting their environment, is it still feminist to have that child? If adding to the population is hurting the overall quality of life and the Earth, how can somebody with good conscious reproduce? In the article “Abortion isn’t about the right to privacy. It’s about women’s right to equality,” feminist writer Jessica Valenti argues that overall, abortion is good for women. Not only that, it is a public good.
Population and the effect on the environment is a topic that rings true especially during times like we are currently experiencing. We are currently navigating a national emergency, and a lot of people are making decisions on how to best protect themselves, their families, and the general public. We are seeing in countries such as Italy and China that when a national emergency happens and a sickness strikes, there is not enough room and there are not enough supplies to take care of the people currently residing in those areas. People are literally dying because we are not prepared. This will be happening soon in America as well. While we are experiencing this pandemic, how are people who are currently pregnant feeling about bringing another child into this world? Is that an ecofeminist thing to do, to add another life? With a virus running rampant, pregnant women and newborns are going to be more susceptible. Would it not be safer for a woman, especially an at-risk one, to have an abortion rather than go to an overcrowded hospital to deliver a baby? These are all personal decisions people need to be making in these trying times. According to an article in the Journal of Public Administration, Finance and Law, the number of induced abortions rose after the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl. People were concerned about the unknown effects that radiation may have on their children. This could be the same situation for the Coronavirus outbreak. Considering it is a new strain of virus, we cannot be sure of the long term effects. How is this going to impact the amount of children being brought into the world at this time? Will this make people reconsider having children because of population control?
FRANȚ, Ancuța Elena. “The Link between Environmental Factors and Abortion.” Journal of Public Administration, Finance & Law, no. 7, Jan. 2015, pp. 158–163. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=108970440&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This source is from a peer-reviewed academic journal. It was written by a faculty member of a university in Romania. It cites multiple other publications.
Valenti, Jessica. “Abortion Isnt about the Right to Privacy. Its about Womens Right to Equality.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 14 Oct. 2014, www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/abortion-right-to-privacy-women-right-to-equality.