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March 18, 2010

Abortion: A Necessary Evil

Abortion is a horrible reality. But no matter how horrible it is to imagine, it is no less necessary. Hopefully, with advancements in science and medical care we can limit the need for this regrettable procedure. However, in the mean time, we need to cooperate with the societal need for abortion. Picketing women's clinics with signs that show aborted late term fetuses doesn’t do anything to console the pregnant women who desperately need this procedure. Guilt trips do nothing to change the necessity for this life changing and even life saving medical procedure. Lying about it is even worse. Telling people that a first trimester fetus feels pain and that the fetus is far more developed than it truly is are practices used by pro-life supporters the world over. These practices are immoral and dishonest. You also must understand that the legal conflict over abortion is not helping the main issue. If abortion is made illegal it will do nothing to save the lives of the unborn.
It will only condemn their mothers. And if you’re against abortion then you can’t be against contraception. I see where both of these practices would conflict with your religious belief, but you need to see how being against both of these practices is socially divisive and destructive. Let’s face it… Everyone is both pro-life and pro-choice. No one wants an abortion and no one likes to kill the unborn. What we should be expressing is our dislike of the procedure. Abortion is regrettable, but no less necessary.

1 comment:

Gordon W F Young said...

Absolutely correct.

Banning abortion will not stop it occuring, it just makes it far more dangerous.

At the same time there are very few cases where I consider abortion to be justified. The primary purpose of sex is to procreate - by participating you acknowledge (male and female) the risk of a baby.

But again, banning abortion on the dubious cases fails to recognise the social factors at play - shame, exclusion, abandonment, etc.

Abortion is a symptom of a greater problem. Education, empathy, compassion and support are the only solutions

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