In an ideal world, every pregnancy would be planned, and no foetuses would be aborted. Seventeen year old girls wouldn't hesistate to tell their mothers that they're not the virgins their mothers think they are, and that in fact, they're carrying a living being within them. All men who get women pregnant would accept responsibility and do what it takes to raise a child. They wouldn't threaten to deny paternity, and they wouldn't abandon their pregnant young partners.
In an ideal world, sexually active couple who don't want children will use contraception. The pill, condoms, IUDs, diaphragms, would all be used. In an ideal world, every pregnancy would be wanted. In an ideal world, there wouldn't be any need for abortions.
In an ideal world butterflies would skip the caterpillar phase, and tadpoles would remain cute, and not transform into frogs. But this isn't an ideal world, is it?
On last week's Crossing Continents, Rosie Goldsmith goes to Ghana to hear harrowing stories of women who've had back street abortions. The first girl she talks to is Gloria, bright and articulate. There is no reason in the world why someone like that should have a back street abortion. I don't think anyone in this world "believes" in abortion. It's just that some of these stories make the mind boggle. Please listen.