Recreational Abortions: No Such Term

When I think of the term abortion, I always think of a woman at a life altering crossroads of her life. A tough decision that women unfortunately have to make sometimes. I can honestly say, I don’t wish the thought process on anyone, because it is extremely difficult.

In Iowa, lawmakers are hard at work crafting all kinds of legislation which would limit the access women have to abortion. Some of the proposed laws include terminating medicaid funding for abortions in the cases of rape, incest, or the medical well-being of the mother, a law that would classify abortion as murder, and make the act of prescribing prescription abortion drugs to a patient a physician has consulted with via web camera illegal.

Seems like a lot of petty nonsense when there are bigger fish to fry in our country, right?

But what gets me is some of the language that is being used when discussing these topics. Iowa Democrat Jack Hatch used the term recreational abortions when discussing the medically necessary abortions being on the chopping block, as opposed to those which are for fun?

The dictionary describes the word recreational as:

Relating to or denoting activity done for enjoyment when one is not working

I am pretty sure women aren’t rushing out to have abortions for enjoyment while they are not working. Honestly, I’m not sure there are really any words to describe my feelings on the topic as a whole. A blank stare may just be the most accurate description.

But this is a big problem we continue to see in America, even decades after Roe v. Wade became the federal law of the land. There is a constant negative undertone when it comes to everything abortion. There are pro-life supporters rallying for laws that would send women back into the back alley abortion clinics that killed so many. In 2013, we deserve better.

We deserve better than lawmakers on the pro-choice side of the coin using offensive terms such as recreational abortions.

Image via iStockphoto/Sebastian Kaczorwski

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