With all the talk about abortion these days and all of these anti-choice bigots putting their feet in their mouths, I figured I'd state why I'm pro-choice.
Let me state the following: I'm pro-choice for the complete duration of pregnancy. I oppose any legislation restricting access to abortion, and that includes late-term/"partial birth" abortion. I've always been pro-choice, but my pro-choice views have evolved over the years to what they are today, and I have a number of reasons for this (not the least of which is my recent discovery and my recent embrace of the anti-natalist philosophy). Alas, here's why I stand where I do:
1) I'm MALE! I don't have the internal organs required to carry and pop out the little buggers, and as such, I don't think I have any say in whether or not a woman has an abortion. Women should have complete and total bodily autonomy without men interfering with that. Once men can carry a baby and give birth to it, then they can logically be anti-choice. Not until then though.
2) Every child should be wanted BY THEIR BIRTH PARENTS. I emphasize this because all too often people who are adopted as children get depressed knowing that their birth parents wanted nothing to do with them. Yes, that includes me. My biological father never wanted me (and truth be told neither did my mother, even though she sucked it up and raised me anyway), and it hurts. Adoption, though it sounds good on paper, causes all sorts of psychological harm to the adoptee. There are too many "what if's?" So for that reason, I don't really believe in adoption.
3) I'm non-religious. The only solid arguments I've ever heard in favor of anti-choice legislation are rooted in religion. Put it plainly, there are no non-religious and/or secular reasons in favor of anti-choice legislation.
4) It's better never to have been born. I've already argued this irrefutable fact countless times. With that, we can conclude that abortion is in fact the kindest choice you can make for every embryo. That way they don't have to experience the suffering that awaits them in an existence on earth.
5) Overpopulation. With the hundreds of millions of aborted fetuses worldwide, just think of how many more people we'd have today (and we already have way too many people on the face of the planet). Also keep in mind that population growth is exponential, so we'd have billions more than we'd have today if it weren't for abortion. Every additional person on the face of this planet is just one more person we have to compete with for land, jobs, resources, money, among other things. Yes, other people are nothing but competition to an individual and nothing else.
6) The notion of assigning equal value to all human beings is preposterous, at best. Sorry, but there are people on this planet who have more inherent worth and value than others. That's just the way it is. As a fetus is nothing more than a parasite feeding off of its host, it has little to no value whatsoever.
7) There are health risks associated with pregnancy. There's even a risk of death associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Whereas there are also risks associated with abortion, it is statistically safer than giving birth.
8) I've seen the effects of anti-choice legislation and they are not good. Abortion is officially illegal in 18 out of 31 states here in Mexico, though it's rarely enforced. Still, I've seen the effects of back-alley abortions with my own two eyes. This just proves to me that making abortion criminal doesn't make it go away, and it doesn't even reduce the number of abortion that take place, it just makes the abortions that do take place extremely dangerous.
It is for these reasons I'm pro-choice for the duration of pregnancy, from the moment of conception to the millisecond before live birth. Until then, a fetus is nothing but a parasite, and a parasite is only welcome in/on a host if the host says it is. And that's the bottom line.