This article discussed the history of abortion and contraception, focusing on the ways in which women shared information with each other and made decisions regarding their pregnancies without the input of men. The article emphasized the fact that this has been going on for thousands of years. Whether the contraceptives or abortifacents were safe or not, women used them to avoid the risks associated with pregnancy. The author also discusses the legal repercussions of outlawing birth control and abortions. She says that outlawing these things would only increase abortion rates and abortion-related health problems. This claim is supported by the fact that women have been using contraceptives and abortifacents for so long, whether they were legal or not. In fact, she mentions that rates of abortion have been shown to be lower when abortion is legal than when it is not.
I absolutely agree with this article, and I think that it brings up excellent points about the history of contraception and abortion. I believe that women should have the freedom to choose what to do with their bodies, but even someone who considers themselves "pro-life" could see reason in this article. The debate over abortion is not between pro-choice and pro-life, but pro-choice and anti-choice. Being pro-choice is not equivalent to being anti-life. On the contrary, allowing women the freedom of choice actually decreases unwanted pregnancies and abortions, increasing the number of lives saved. "Pro-lifers: would actually find that their agendas are carried out more effectively by using the methods of "pro-choicers."