Resolved: Pregnancy prevention by sterilization is the best choice compared to traditional contraception or abortion.
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Both contraception and abortion are popular, but are fraught with failure rates that should give pause to carelessly engaging sexual intercourse when neither partner wants the responsibility of having and raising a child. Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, roughly 1M women per year have settled for abortion to resolve the unwanted pregnancy. Most of these women attempted contraception first, and failed.
The solution seldom discussed by either side in the furor to retain or overturn Roe v. Wade  is sterilization. Let the furor begin anew; eugenics and all having been hopefully relegated to the past. No, I am not talking coercion; this is a pro-choice, and perhaps even a pro-life matter; another private [if you will], individual choice. As it happens, about 30% of the male population engages sterilization as a “permanent” contraception. However, only 11% of females choose sterilization as a contraceptive option. Perhaps the issue with women and this choice is the percentage of women who plan for childbirth, but wish to postpone it for a later in life, and want want the option of abortion, just in case. The argument from at least one pro-lifer, me, is that such a reason for abortion appears to invade the camp of those who claim inconvenience, which more than half of abortion-minded women choose as their #2 reason for abortion.
Therefore, it is resolved: Pregnancy prevention by sterilization is the best choice than compared to traditional contraception or abortion.
Definitions: [all according to Merriam-Webster.com]
Pregnancy: the quality of being pregnant [impregnated] ; containing a developing embryo, fetus, or unborn offspring within the body.
Prevent[ion]: to keep from happening by taking action in advance.
Choice: the power, right, or opportunity to choose; as in alternative presented choices
Contraception: the deliberate attempt to prevent conception or impregnation.
Sterilization: to render sterile by surgical means.
Abortion: the termination of a pregnancy accompanied by, resulting in, or closely followed by the death of the embryo or fetus.
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3 I have added the parenthetic “impregnated” as understanding “pregnant” and the parenthetic term to be synonymous.
4 Note: “in advance” as used in the definition of prevention relative to abortion is a stretch of the intent and accomplishment of abortion in that, clearly, impregnation and pregnancy have already occurred [like closing the barn doors after the cows and horses have left the barn], or abortion would not be a necessary procedure. Therefore, the definition is offered for abortion is with a nod to absurdity.