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Monday, July 26, 2004

Abortions for some, little tiny American flags for others...

I saw this on Drudge this morning, but apparently the page is down now - but there is still googlecache. Planned Parenthood is/was selling I had an abortion T-shirts. Which makes me say WTF?

I think abortion is morally wrong, except in cases where the woman's life is in danger, incest, rape, ect. But at the same time, I think groups that want to make it illegal are taking the wrong route. I think convinicing women not to have abortions and providing alternatives is a better solution - basically, focusing on demand instead of supply. Given how long Rowe v Wade has stood, it's unlikely it's going away.

I understand the pro-life positon - when you think something is immoral, that it's murder, you are going to be against it. But I don't understand why so many pro-choice people seem to see abortion not as a necessary evil, or something morally neutral, but instead as something fundamentally good, something there should be more of, like abortions were cute fuzzy puppies or Krispy Kreme donuts or something. Every tiny limit that many see as reasonable (partial-birth bans, not having the government pay for abortions, not providing funding for abortions to China, with there one-child policy) is seen as a repeal of Roe v Wade. The China issue is funny, since most chinese families are aborting their first child if it's a girl because they prefer boys - way to go, woman's rights.

The other think that strikes me as odd about Planned Parenthood is that their name and mission should be to AVOID abortions - it should never go that far. If you need to have an abortion, you aren't planning very well. If Planned Parenthood focused more on birth control, safe sex, ect, fewer people would need to have abortions in the first place. Even if you see nothing morally wrong with abortion, it seems like women are better off not having them - it seems like the pill or a condom are less risky than ANY "medical procedure".

My theory is that most people are somewhere in the middle on abortion- they don't have a problem with some limits, but don't want a total, or even nearly total ban. It seems like both sides keep pushing at the extremes. I understand why the religious pro-lifers are pushing against it, but I don't understand why the pro-choicers seem to see abortion as such a good thing, and don't seem to be making much of an effort to make them as rare as possible - such as Planned Parenthood actually living up to their name and making them rarer.


At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - finally a voice of reason on this subject. So why has no one given any reply to these very good points? It seems the pro-death side can't answer this.


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