I am pro-choice, always have been, always will.
But the documentary Lake of Fire still really shook me up. It’s a really balanced look into abortion– pro and against– in America. It’s shot in black and white, and boy, was I ever grateful for that. You know those fetus pictures that the pro-lifers shove in your face? That’s nothing compared to some of the things they show you here. But all the rude yelling and shrill condemnation that turns so many people off is absent, letting you really make up your own mind. The pro-life argument, stripped of the ugly bigotry of its most vocal practitioners, is pretty convincing.
But as graphic as the dead babies are, you have to also see the carcasses of dead abortion doctors, shot dead in parking lots and– more horrible of all– in their own living rooms, in front of their families. Ranking right up there with fetus pictures is one of a botched coathanger abortion. If the pro-choicers wanted to do with pro-life tactics, this is what they’d use.
So this film also makes me sure of my own beliefs, too. And meeting Stacey, a woman who goes through with her decision to have an abortion says it all– she’s very sure of her decision, she’s relived that she did it, and she sobs once it’s done.
Is abortion killing a baby? Maybe. Is murdering a doctor to save those babies justified? No. So we’re at an impasse, basically. Terminating a pregnancy is a very sad thing. We all hope that being pregnant is good news. But sometimes it isn’t, and that should be bad enough. In a perfect world, an unwanted pregnancy would be a blessing– a chance for an adoptive family to take over after the pregnancy, or a surprise for a woman who decides to give motherhood a chance.
But it’s not that easy. In America (and in Canada, for that matter) makes it close to impossible for a woman to raise a baby on her own. Having a baby, even within the context of a financially stable marriage, still usually means someone has to give up her career. And being pregnant on its own isn’t easy either. You need healthy foods, good medical care, and a lot of social support. That’s out of reach for so many young women who have to finish school or work full-time or more. And asking for someone to carry a baby to term only to give it up is asking A LOT.
I’m with Hillary on this one. Abortion is a woman’s choice, and it’s absolutely necessary that it’s available and affordable for those who need one. But it sucks that anyone would have to.