Dear members of the religious right and others who oppose abortion, get your head out of your ass and listen to this one. Recently I read an article in some local paper asking people to "pray for an end to abortion". Hey, that's a nice idea and while I would love to one day live in a society where abortion is no longer a medical procedure, I'd also like to get to that point by it no longer being needed, not because it was prohibited. Prayer is all fine and dandy but after praying for something to be stopped and it has been almost 40 years since it was legalized, might want to change your tactics, just saying.
I have a better idea. How about instead of praying for some type of divine intervention, how about subscribing to the "God helps those who help themselves" school of thought. No, I'm not talking to those whackjobs who think picking up a gun is somehow going to solve things. How about this idea? Instead of waiting for something to miraculously happen, how about curing the cause instead of lamenting the symptoms over and over again?
Electing "conservative" politicians who offer token legislation in exchange for votes is not going to fix the problem either. If you want to eliminate abortion as we know it, here's what I propose. First of all, not everyone is going to subscribe to your way of thinking and believing. "Abstinence only" education is not going to keep people from trying to fulfill their biological instincts. Try accepting the fact that while your way of viewing the world and human sexuality may work for you, it is not going to work for everyone else and then work from there. Once you've got to that point, let's get to the second part. While you may believe that sex outside of marriage is a sin, it is safe to say that very likely most of the people who are showing up at abortion clinics don't share that same view or it was overlooked when conception took place. To try to get people to see things as a sin order to stop another sin does not work, especially when it allows the issue to continue on while you are attempting to convince people to share your worldview. Also, get rid of the whole idea that by teaching safe sex practices you are enabling irresponsible and "sinful" behavior. Which is worse to you, someone having sex outside of marriage and not having a child or someone having sex outside of marriage and then having an abortion as a result?
By supporting no other options to avoid pregnancy other than not having sex, you are in fact contributing to the very travesty you are trying to stop. Stop and think about that for just a little while.