Advanced Birth Control and The Long Run Rate of Abortions

Source: Medical News Today

I’ve had this article at the top of my writing list for quite some time now, so given that the Supreme Court will likely be overturning Roe vs. Wade, I suppose its now or never.

Abortion is a divisive issue. On the one hand, it is viewed as a fundamental/constitutional right for a woman to choose what to do with her body, and on the other hand, it is viewed as murder.

While the ins and outs of the debate hinge on “when life begins” something I am not particularly interested in talking about right now, the issue for the Supreme Court was whether or not there is a federal/constitutional right to an abortion.

Perhaps in a future article, I will tackle the ethics of abortion and the pros and cons of Roe vs. Wade, but here I would instead like to focus on advanced technology, in particular birth control, and the “long run rate of abortion”.

In short, I hypothesize that advanced birth control will render abortion nearly unnecessary, such that in the long run rate of abortions trend towards zero, with exceptions made in rare cases, such as rape, incest, etc.

I believe advanced non chemical forms of birth control (perhaps mechanical/nanotechnology/etc.) will be created in the coming decades, allowing more and more people to choose when they want to get pregnant.

Many would agree that whether or not abortion should be legal, it is a tragic situation, both for the mother and the potential child. For example, often times low income women are the most likely to have an abortion.

Therefore, aspiring to a zero abortion world may actually be something we can all agree on. Now, of course, I must caveat that many religious people are against birth control in general. As such, it is quite utopian to think that everyone is going to support advanced birth control.

That being said, perhaps there is a world where advanced birth control renders the need for abortion as obsolete. We already have quite impressive birth control compared to decades and centuries past. Hopefully, in the near future, we can have near perfect birth control that is noninvasive, widely affordable, and easily accessible.

Finally, many are going to dismiss the “technoutopia mansplaning” of this article. Regardless, I do have good intentions even if I fall flat.

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