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Opinion: Why we should change the way we talk about abortion

When we look at it from the perspective of unwanted pregnancies, unequal burden and sanctity of life after birth, we can find more common ground solutions

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A protester wearing a black shirt and hat holds a sign that reads “my body my choice” with other marchers in the background.

A protester holds a sign during a march from the Capitol to Washington Park in support of abortion rights in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Mengshin Lin, Deseret News

I’d like to talk about the hot topic of abortion but look at it through new eyes.

Let’s move the debate away from “abortion” toward “unwanted pregnancies.” Abortion is only one way to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. As a society, we could decide to focus on unwanted pregnancies first and foremost and seek to solve that problem.

Also, we should stop talking about “women’s choice.” Really, what this is about is the physiological injustice between men and women. So instead, we should question the informal “walk away right” that biological fathers have but biological mothers do not. As a society, can we really support the “walk away right” of biological fathers but deny these rights to biological mothers for unwanted pregnancies?

Finally, we can all agree about the “sanctity of life” — so let’s be true to our collective belief and honor our values. As families, let’s routinely plan on adopting children from the foster care system as part of building our families. And let’s encourage the Legislature to pass father-responsibility and family-friendly bills, with health care for all children and more affordable child care options.

France Barral