Ultrasound-for-abortion laws are in the news again. They last peaked around 2012, but Missouri and Ohio and Georgia have all recently passed laws that have garnered a lot of attention. I’ve written extensively about ultrasound-for-abortion laws and the logics that undergird them elsewhere. Here, I’m going to offer one quick piece of logic–not opinion, but logic–and then some action points. (Note: These action points are mostly difficult things. But I’ve seen people so passionate about these recent bills that I have to assume they are willing to do difficult things.)
Logic: So long as we as a nation believe it’s morally correct NOT to force people to donate blood and organs, it is contradictory to make the abortion debate about anything but bodily autonomy. Autonomy is where we MUST begin.
Action items for people who are genuinely committed to saving lives
- Become an organ donor. Talk to your family about your wishes so they are aware.
- Donate blood.
- Educate others on the importance of being an organ donor and donating blood. Emphasize the important role of universal donors.
- Sign up to be a bone marrow donor.
- Sign up to be a living kidney donor.
- Donate money or time to your local hospital, the Children’s Miracle Network, or the Ronald McDonald House.
Action items for people who genuinely want to help prevent abortions
- Advocate for comprehensive sex education in your local school system.
- If you are a parent, teach your children about consent, safe sex, and responsibility. Do so early and often.
- Work with local initiatives to make contraception available.
- Empower girls to make their own decisions about their bodies.
- Encourage body positivity.
- Volunteer with the Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or similar role-modeling organizations.
- Donate to Planned Parenthood (You read that correctly; Planned Parenthood does SO much to prevent abortions.) or a similar family planning organization.
- Become a foster parent and teach your children about consent, safe sex, and responsibility.
- Adopt from foster care and teach your children about consent, safe sex, and responsibility.
- Adopt, period, and teach your children about consent, safe sex, and responsibility.