A few thoughts from skimming the thread: 1) This once-pregnant person absolutely considered the being growing inside me a parasite. Because it was. It drained my life-force. I was exhausted. Constantly sick. Depressed. Pregnancy took a very taxing toll on me, one (as Sonic5 put excellently) that is still taxing me. And because of my experience, I fully, unequivocally, support abortion, in any instance. It is vital to the health of pregnant people everywhere that they have full autonomy over their bodies. And that means privileging their life above that of the thing growing inside them, unable to survive without literally draining the other. 2) Anthropologists have recorded the existence of abortion in pretty much every studied culture. Across the globe, through time, women have shown time and time again that they recognize the importance to being able to have complete control over one's reproduction is a prerequisite to an equal society. I am privileged to be where I am now in the world as a woman because a woman before me had an abortion. That is the honest truth of this world - women having control of their reproduction is just necessary for them to be treated fairly. I didn't understand until I had a child, until I went through an experience that was truthfully quite traumatizing and still has left me scarred. 3) I've already ranted before about the true way to reduce the number of abortions. I will once again reiterate that any "pro-life" politician that ignores these sensible measures in favor of measure that are far more life-threatening to the mother (e.g. Texas' recent laws around PP clinics resulted in a jump in the maternal death rate) just proves to me that for them, it's about controlling women, not reducing abortion.