Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Roe V Wade 35 and counting

Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v Wade, and the right to choose is still on the line.
Last week a Right to Life group sent out 44,000 pieces of mail which along with their pro-life argument and fundraising appeal included little plastic fetuses. WHAT a WASTE of Resources & MONEY, not to say a lack of taste.
What are you supposed to do with these plastic fetuses?
If only they had included condoms...

If you want to stop abortions, giving people access to effective birth control works better.
Oh, silly me, logic in the face of faith.

Pro-life people IF they really cared about the unborn fetuses would also care about the fetus when it was born and work for adequate health care, childcare, education and a living wage for all. IMHO.

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Last week, the Guttmacher Institute released a report that abortion rates were at their lowest level since 1974 -- but they couldn't explain if that's because abortion is increasingly difficult to obtain or because unplanned pregnancies have decreased or because...

In my experience over the past 35 years walking with women who are facing unplanned pregnancies, first as a friend, then as a counselor, and now as a minster, the reasons that women choose to have abortions or choose to carry pregnancies to term are as individual as the individual woman. Another recent Guttmacher report found that more than half of women choosing abortion already have children and don't feel they can take care of another baby.

But, what I know, deep in my core, is that women do not make these decisions lightly, whatever the outcome. And that today, I am as committed to assuring women's right to safe, legal, and accessible abortion services as I was back in 1973. I just wish I didn't have to be.
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