The Daily Mail really has it out for us ninny-headed career women (read: women who work, also known as “women”) and the way we misuse our uteruses. Not only are we depriving poor non-womb-having men of the Cheaper By The Dozen-esque brood they so desperately want (but want not to have to raise), we’re also baby-murdering machines who get abortions, and then rely on fertility treatment so we can delay starting a family until later. Haven’t you heard? Abortions are the new birth control for working women.
See, according to the Mail, abortion rates among women in their mid-30s is soaring. Soaring! I mean, just look at these statistics!
Last year there were 29,579 abortions carried out on women aged 30 to 34 compared with 27,978 in 2010 – a rise of 1,601.
1,601 more abortions! Of course, the population of the UK is estimated to be around 62,218,761 people, ostensibly half of which are probably women, so really, that’s not that many people comparatively. And not all of the women having abortions are probably career women because, you know, plenty of women in their 30s are in school or stay-at-home moms or are unemployed or work jobs that aren’t really in their “career field” because times are tough. But still! Abortions among 30somethings are going up. Which, the crack journalists at the Daily Mail have decided, must be because of their silly, silly career aspirations–and the fact that IVF (fertility treatments) are readily available through the country’s health care.
Experts said one reason was many 30-something women believe they could delay motherhood by using IVF in their 40s.
Ohhh, they got experts to say these “facts.” I see. Well, in that case, it must be true! Wait, no, except…there’s actually no causation or link at all. At least not that’s presented in the article. Actually, all the writer at the Mail did was mention that women in their 30s are getting more abortions, and that women in their 40s are getting IVF. And then pulled the two together with the help of “experts.”
There are, naturally, other reasons why abortions may be increasing in the UK–like that marriage rates are way down, or that they don’t want to have children, you know, it’s legal and women in their 30s can have as many abortions as they want and no one should judge them for exercising that right.
The Mail does almost–almost–redeem itself in the end of the article, when they point to the fact that, even in the UK, sometimes preventative birth control can be hard to come by, and that that might be leading to the increase in abortions. Again, from the article (and from an actual expert from the UK’s Family Planning Agency, which is like what Planned Parenthood could be if politicians would stop hamstringing it)
‘However, we do know cracks are beginning to appear in contraception services. If we are going to bring down abortion numbers, this needs to change. Contraception is an essential not a luxury.’
So, maybe it’s not actually the fact that we’re carrying our uteruses with us to work and relying on IVF to have our families whenever we want–but rather that we’re not being given the ability to make a proactive choice about family planning in the first place.