Women Need Better Solutions Than Abortion | Opinion

The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by Gloria Purvis during a Newsweek episode of The Debate about bridging the abortion divide. You can listen to the podcast here:

The sky isn't falling. Abortion is still going to be legal in many states like California, Maryland, DC, Connecticut, and New York. Taking it back to states doesn't mean abortion is gone from the entire country.

Should the terms for women's equality be renegotiated? Why should we have to have abortion, [and] do these things to ourselves and our unborn children by violent means to gain equality or access to education, business, military, or economic opportunities?

March for Life abortion protest
Pro-life activists march during the 49th annual March for Life, on January 21, 2022, in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

I think we need to renegotiate the terms so that these things are not seen as necessary and required for our advancement. What problem does it solve? A solution to poverty is not to kill the poor. We have to have better solutions for women in crisis, and for women who feel like they cannot advance in their job. If they're pregnant, I think those are different questions, and I don't think abortion ever gets to the root of the problem. And so I'm hoping in these coming weeks that we could say, "hey, let's renegotiate the whole deal. Let's make this society a place where women can fully participate, unencumbered or worried if they become pregnant." And let's look at the wraparound services, the whole thing. I think we need a cultural mindset change altogether around women and freedom.

Gloria Purvis is host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast from America Media.

The views expressed in this article are the writers' own.