I see many arguments about women “consenting” to pregnancy, just because they have sex. Then there’s the whole “sex is meant for reproduction” argument. I disagree. I’m going to use nature as to why I disagree!
After all, if sex is only to be used for reproduction, there shouldn’t be any other examples in the animal world, right?
But, first, let’s start with some other animals that do abort their fetuses (or reabsorb, as is the case for rabbits.)
ABORTION AND INFANTICIDE (because they’re different)
Rabbits: Rabbits are known to reabsorb their litters, if there’s any signs of duress. She may be afraid or there may be a shortage of food in her habitat. This is the same for any number of animals, ranging from cows, horses, dogs, cats and many, many others.
Primates: Geladas, when a new male takes over a unit, have been reported to abort their fetuses, which were fathered by the previous male. Source
Domestic Horses and Lab Mice: ”In 1959, she noticed that pregnant mice will abort if they’re exposed to unfamiliar males. Since then, scientists have found the same effect among other laboratory rodents, and domestic horses.” Source is the same as the above. This is also called the “Bruce Effect.”
Lions: It is proposed (not confirmed) that lionesses also are affected by the Bruce Effect. Source
Animals that display partake of same-sex relations- I’m counting this, since they won’t reproduce, though I don’t know the statistics of “adoption” or “rearing unfamiliar offspring” in these animals.
Penguins having sex with their non-mate for pebbles for their nest
Chimps trading sex for food
After taught to value discs as money, some capuchins traded money for sex.
Animals enjoy sex. They will trade goods for sex, regardless if it ends in a pregnancy or not. In the case of the Bonobos, they use will use sex for reconciliation.