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Abortion isn’t a “choice”

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In a recent tweet, Ryan Bomberger, a prominent pro-life advocate, challenged the prevailing narrative surrounding abortion, asserting that it is not simply a matter of “choice” but rather a deliberate act of violence inflicted upon another human being. His words resonate with many in the pro-life movement who view abortion as a fundamental violation of human rights and dignity. However, beyond the rhetoric of “choice” versus “life,” Bomberger’s tweet raises important questions about the nature of empowerment and exploitation in the context of abortion.

At the heart of Bomberger’s argument is the assertion that abortion is not a genuine choice but rather a coerced decision forced upon women by abortion providers who profit from the termination of pregnancies. This perspective challenges the prevailing narrative of abortion as a symbol of women’s empowerment and autonomy, highlighting instead the systemic exploitation of vulnerable women who may feel they have no other option.

Indeed, the reality of abortion is far more complex than the simplistic dichotomy of “choice” versus “life.” For many women, particularly those facing difficult circumstances such as poverty, lack of access to healthcare, or social stigma, the decision to undergo an abortion may be fraught with coercion, desperation, and fear. In such situations, the rhetoric of “choice” rings hollow, as women may feel they have no meaningful alternatives or support systems to help them navigate their options.

Moreover, the profit-driven nature of the abortion industry further complicates the issue, as abortion providers stand to gain financially from each procedure performed. This creates a perverse incentive structure that may prioritize profit over the well-being of women and their unborn children, leading to practices that exploit vulnerable individuals and perpetuate cycles of violence and exploitation.

In this light, Bomberger’s assertion that abortion is not empowerment but rather exploitation resonates deeply with the experiences of many women who have felt coerced or pressured into undergoing abortions against their will. It challenges us to reexamine our assumptions about the nature of choice and autonomy in the context of abortion, and to confront the systemic injustices that may limit women’s genuine freedom and agency.

Furthermore, Bomberger’s tweet underscores the urgent need for comprehensive support services and resources for women facing unplanned pregnancies, including access to healthcare, counseling, and material assistance. By addressing the root causes of abortion, such as poverty, lack of education, and social marginalization, we can empower women to make truly informed and autonomous decisions about their reproductive health and well-being.

At its core, the debate over abortion is not just about legality or morality, but about the fundamental values of dignity, autonomy, and justice. By reframing the conversation to focus on empowerment and exploitation, we can move beyond polarizing rhetoric and work towards solutions that uphold the rights and dignity of all individuals, born and unborn. Only then can we truly build a society where every life is valued, cherished, and protected.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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