January 22, 2012 marks 39 years of legalized abortion in the United States. It has been 39 years since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.
As a 2005 graduate of UW-Madison, women of my generation are all too familiar with “choice,” the pro-abortion euphemism for the option to legally kill your own unborn child. We have heard the mantra from the Baby Boomers that the world is ours, and an unwanted pregnancy will get in the way of breaking the glass ceiling.
Women of my generation know what choice is. It is neither compassionate nor caring. The face of choice is a friend who commits suicide after having an abortion, when the realization of what she has done sinks in. We have watched as choice wreaked havoc on our friends’ bodies and minds, as abortion took its physical and mental toll. We have watched as choice ended friends’ relationships, women no longer able to look at their partner, men emasculated with no say in the matter.
Choice takes advantage of a woman who is alone and in a desperate place. Nothing about abortion on demand liberates women. Why can’t we see we are killing the next generation of feminists?
Sadly, abortion is an everyday occurrence. Since 1973, nearly 55 million children have been killed through abortion. One-third of my generation is missing due to abortion; legally exterminated in this country we are so proud to call the best country in the world.
In the black community, the numbers are staggering. 3,000 abortions occur every day in the United States, but 1,000 of those are African American babies. Wisconsin is the eighth lowest state nationally in the number of abortions, but the racial disparity in its numbers far exceeds the national trends. In Wisconsin, 6.2% of the population is black, yet 24% of all state abortions are on African-Americans, which is four times the representation.
If “Every abortion is a tragedy,” as pro-abortion figures proclaim, why are we not doing more to encourage safe and healthy lifestyle choices? Women deserve more, and women deserve better.
We owe it to the next generation of women to offer love and compassion, rather than terminating a human life. We owe it to the next generation to give them a world where abortion is not the solution, masquerading as women’s health.
My generation does not want abortion as our legacy. My generation will be the one to end legalized abortion.
- Virginia Zignego, Communications Director