The unborn we can’t afford
While the Argentine legislature debates whether to legalize abortion, said Martin Baintrub, pundits are tiptoeing around one glaring fact: The procedure is already widespread. Abortion is currently available only to rape victims or to save a woman’s life, but illegal abortion is part of our culture. Health officials estimate that 500,000 Argentines terminate their pregnancies every year and thousands are hospitalized as a result of complications from unhygienic procedures. Abortion foes who want to bring that figure to zero need to ask themselves: Would the country be able to absorb and care for half a million additional unwanted children every year? That is the population of an entire new province. “Are there enough families willing to adopt such a large number of children?” Already, the country lacks sufficient schools; if there were no abortions, we would need to double education infrastructure within a decade. Illegal abortion, then, is solving a population problem for us, “without forcing any pious soul to trouble his conscience by voting for legal abortion.” Yet this solution is the definition of hypocrisy. Abortion is everywhere, and “the health and lives of the poorest women” are paying for it. We must “stop being hypocrites” and save the lives not of fetuses, but of women.