Want to prevent abortions? Will making them illegal prevent them? The tool I believe will result in less fetuses being killed is a focus on Emotional Intelligence. It should be taught in school. I think it is the answer to many things.
When I was in high school, I had a class called Sociology. It was taught by the AV specialist. No I don’t know why. She was a large-boned woman in her fifties and had some manish qualities about her. She was known for being gruff. However, that Sociology class did not have any curriculum normally associated with the study of Sociology.
Let me also point out that it was a small class. Six or seven of us although I do not remember who they were. I also want to set the scene in that our school was farm community. Most kids majored in Wood Shop. Anyway, this teacher had us read articles on living life to the fullest. We read Leo Buscaglia’s book Love and watched his speeches. The class was not about Sociology, but about approaching life with vigor and a positive attitude. About choosing love, avoiding bitterness, and empowering yourself.
Now I did not become the perfect human being after that class. At times I seemed to have learned the opposite lessons and yet…
What if we had such a class? Instead of encouraging people to have abortions that have emotional repercussions later or telling them that you are a sinner and terrible, we gave women (and men) tools to be happy. To keep their mind open and to teach them to be anything they want to be.
We may think of someone having an abortion as this promiscuous person that sheds off a fetus like a hang nail. However, I think 99% of the time they see it as a desperate act in a desperate situation. An EQ class would teach people that there are always options. That things are never as bad as they seem. However, this class would do more than that. It would teach young girls that they have value beyond what society often tells them. Society tells them that they need to be sexy and in fact have sex if a guy puts the moves on them (do this for every guy, but do not be a whore). It would teach them to take care of themselves and to not fall into sex, but to have sex when they are ready and to do it responsibly. It would teach young people to set goals that are best achieved by delaying sex and not taking risks.
It would also help teach them that mistakes do not often put them in desperate situations- allow them to see options. A good emotional intelligence would teach them that there options and that they have the power to make them. They would not feel desperate and trapped and see no good way out when they did get pregnant. I think by loving themselves they would be more able to do something loving for a fetus and for potential adoptive parents. It is all in the framing of the situation. Perhaps for the boys, society and their own fears would not tell them that there life was over- they had screwed it up by knocking up a girl and then some of those boys that run away and abandon the girl wouldn’t.
This class would teach social skills and to avoid harming themselves or others. To choose their life and to choose to love those in their life.