It's no secret abortion is an incredibly delicate topic to discuss.
After all, you wouldn't casually bring it up at the office Christmas party, after indulging in one too many glasses of champagne. One must gracefully tiptoe around the subject, reminiscent of a ballerina on her opening night in Swan Lake.
Nevertheless, if you're a sexually active female, and aren't taking contraceptives, the matter of abortion goes from being another news headline, to a relevant conversation in your life.
If you haven't already heard, last week the Texas government released their latest edition of A Woman's Right To Know, which is a booklet given to women who are considering the procedure. You would think such a pamphlet would be informative for someone contemplating an abortion, right? Well you'd be sorely mistaken. The main reason being because a vast percentage of the information written in the booklet is completely false.
For instance, the myth about how the procedure can lead to breast cancer? Yeah, that's a total lie which was debunked by the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Under the "risks" section of the booklet, "death" is listed in large print, accompanied by the fact, "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported 0.73 legal abortion-related deaths per 100,000 reported legal abortions in the United States from 2008-2011."
If you take a step back, you realize this is a less than 1 percent chance of dying; though when paired with the alarming text of "death" in bold letters, you may not fully process how low that risk actually is.
Sadly, Texas isn't the only state which happens to be spreading false information pertaining to abortion. There are 22 state booklets throughout the US and a third of the content within them is bogus.
But the vastly distorted image of abortion isn't just an issue within The Untied States.
It seems France is also dealing with the exact problem. However, the French government isn't taking too kindly to the similar scare tactics being used. In fact, The French Senate passed a bill on December 1, extending a law which was initially aimed at stopping individuals from blocking entrance into abortion clinics.
If the bill is approved, anyone who is caught spreading false information online, could face a fine up to 30,000 euros, or serve two years in prison. However, opponents of the bill say it interferes with freedom of speech.
The idea of someone spreading false info to make a person feel guilty about their choice is disgusting.
Now, my views on abortion are my own, but the idea of someone spreading false information merely to make a person feel guilty about their decision, is downright disgusting. Not only would I feel angry, but I would want justice as well.
Before I started having sex, I use to find the idea of abortions inhumane.
I simply could not fathom the idea of it. It wasn't until I was faced with my own pregnancy scare, two weeks ago, which caused me to re-evaluate my views on the subject.
It was there in Walgreens, in the midst of the "Feminine Care Product" aisle when I began questioning my opinion on abortion. While staring down at the pregnancy text currently in my hand, my mind became flooded with different scenarios.
What if I really was pregnant? I could barely remember to pay my rent on time, let alone take out the trash. Was I responsibly capable of having a child?
What happens if my boyfriend doesn't want a baby? Could I raise it on my own? Whenever I envisioned myself raising children, I figured I'd be a successful novelist, financially stable and living in a gorgeous brownstone in Park Slope. I didn't imagine it occurring at the age of 25, with as little as $1,875 in my savings account.
Eventually, I discovered I wasn't pregnant, which, not only led to an immense amount of relief, but ignited a debate within me. Abortion is one of those topics which many strive to steer away from.
But in a world where such topics are swiftly becoming more pertinent, it's challenging to understand why it isn't being discussed openly.
According to The Guttmacher Institute, there are precisely 45 percent of unwanted pregnancies each year, with a vast majority ending in abortions. In 2010, at least 36 percent of pregnancies in every US state were unintended, with that number continuing to rise.
Regardless of your opinion relating to the subject matter, statistics prove that abortion has and will continue to remain a relevant topic in society. Falsifying information to prove otherwise will not change that.