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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

An end to Abortion?

I am pro-life (who wants to be pro-death?) but I have mixed feelings about legislating and eliminating the "right" to have an abortion. I personally feel that there are better ways to deal with abortions than eliminating them. Doing so would only send us back to the 60's where women were having black market abortions and risking their lives to do so. If you say that is a fair punishment for killing their baby, you are a little sick in my humble opinion.

I've always felt there has to be better options. I have met and talked with people from Planned Parenthood (they don't preach 100% abortion), but they do miss the point and abstinence-only education completly missed the point too. A more comprehnsive approach is needed. I like the ABC method (Abstinence, Being Faithful, and Condems) of education, b/c in reality and unfortunately people are going to have sex outside of marriage. But if we look at many of the causes of abortion we'll see that many are related to economics or lack of support.

I think Congress may finally be on the right track with two pieces of legislation introduced by members of Democrats for Life. One is entitled Pregnant Women Support Act (HR 6145) and Reducing the Need for Abortions and Supporting Parents Act (HR 6067).

I find it interesting that Democrats introduced the bill and are most of the sponsors. Hopefully some pro-life Republicans will get their head out of the mud and see that they can help end abortions without outlawing them.


aus blog said...

Here is part of the answer.....

World estimations of the number of terminations carried out each year is somewhere between 20 and 88 million.

3,500 per day / 1.3 million per year in America alone.

50% of that 1.3 million claimed failed birth control was to blame.

A further 48% had failed to use any birth control at all.

And 2% had medical reasons.

That means a stagering 98% may have been avoided had an effective birth control been used.

crossn81 said...

That's interesting. I would agree that education is probably lacking on birth control. And would say that abstinence education should be tempered by reality (a need for birth control).

Anonymous said...

Nick - what beautiful and well thought out comments on the issue. I've always considered myself "pro-choice" only because I've been afraid to fall into the group that makes it illegal for a women to have any legal options. The alternatives you highlight are indeed realistic ones and more practical in the world today - as someone who is a parent of a teenage daughter, the a/b/c method is indeed the most practical I've heard. It's one that I would choose. And I looked at the legislation you've noted and passed it onto the lawmakers I am in touch with. It shows that people who are labled "pro" this or that are most of the times on the same side with just a little discussion and mediation - we're not so far apart as the media or the experts would have everyone believe. Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts - Tara