Jezebel recently posted an article entitled “This Is How Much It Costs to Own a Vagina: An Itemized List.” The main point is that hormonal contraception is just one of many female-specific costs; all those tampons, shaving items, and Midol packs add up. This is certainly true, although not really news to me as a woman. (Men, I’d be interested in getting the costs of your prostate exams, deluxe razors, etc. so we can make a comparison.)
And then Jezebel moved on to the “variable costs.”
Okay, class: what’s missing?
Oh yeah– prenatal care and childbirth expenses! Those are much more expensive than an abortion (unless you qualify for Medicaid or receive services from a pro-life charity). Why isn’t Jezebel concerned about that as an issue of reproductive maintenance?
I’m sure that it simply never occurred to them. They are deep in the world of “pro-choice” activism, where choices other than abortion quickly disappear into the abyss.