Monday, January 16, 2006

Some Abortion Foes Forgo Politics for Quiet Talk

I found this article pretty interesting. I've long wondered why people who claim to oppose abortion from a moral perspective focus so much time and effort trying to make it illegal, which really doesn't do anything to change the fact that people are going to get abortions. As I read through the article, I was a little bothered by some of the tactics used by this "clinic" particularly in the postabortion counseling which seems to be just a way to make women feel guilty about what they have done. However, I'd much rather see people who oppose abortion do things like this that rather than try to take that choice away from everyone. Discouraging abortion makes a lot more sense to me than trying to outlaw abortion, and it seems to fit better with what most anti-abortion people claim to be bothered by. I don't think abortion is ever a good thing, even if it sometimes might be the best thing available in a particular situation, so it's nice to see that at least some of the people that oppose it actually try to do something to prevent it rather than just make it illegal. It would be nice to see similar efforts trying to make sure the unwanted pregnancies don't occur in the first place, then it would be a lot easier to believe that anti-abortion people were more concerned about stopping abortions than about limiting freedom.

Like I said, there were quite a few things in the article that bothered me, it seems that they're probably misleading women, or even lying, and definitely trying to make them feel guilty, and I wonder how much assistance they actually offer after a baby is born. But overall, doing more of this kind of thing would represent anti-abortion people a lot better than blowing up abortion clinics, and trying to take away women's rights.

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MDC said...

It is amazing that this country still hasn't learned anything from Prohibition.

Storm said...

Actually your own article provides some hits as to financial support available after birth

The group, called Free Indeed, is part of A Woman's Choice Resource Center, which says it has an annual budget of $900,000 and provides free ultrasound and other services, including counseling, diapers, baby clothes and adoption referrals, to more than 4,000 women a year.

However, it is not anybody's responsiblity but you own when you engage in child procreation.

As to your first part and MDC with that logic why have any laws at all.

People are going to break into homes anyway so why have a law against it.

As to antiabotrion laws this is a fallacy there are no propsed antiabortion laws pending. The current batch of laws seeking some legal boundaries on abortion such as banning late term abortions actually reflect the original Roe v. Wade decision by the court and seek to settle this mess through legislative efforts instead of the current chaos created by the Court. Why are liberals so afraid that through consensus we might arrive at some sort of balance that finally puts this issue to rest.

We conservatives know that abortion will never be outlawed. We merely want a set of easily understood laws or do you propose we rely on a 30 year old Court Decision for the next 100 years until another Court overturns Roe V. Wade.

Frankly, this is not a matter for the Federal government but rather a State issue that should be decided by each State.