Somewhere along the way we lost our recognition of the color grey. Yet, it's there. Whether life begins at conception, or whether it is when there is a sign of purpose, or consciousness or at birth, these are complex questions on which there is no universal agreement. No one's situation is the same. No one's options are ever the same. Life isn't fair and circumstances are not always equal. 13,000 women become pregnant every year due to rape or incest. One woman dies every seven minutes around the world due to an unsafe abortion. Those facts are black and white.
Here at Planned Parenthood, we try to help women have as much black and white in their lives as possible in a proactive, positive way. We educate, we support, and we offer services to help them plan their lives and their choices.
But there's always going to be grey in life. Thank you Roe vs. Wade for the compassion and logic that Roe vs. Wade made possible. Not wanting to acknowledge grey won't ever get rid of the color.
Shana is an intern at Planned Parenthood Advocates of PA.