Intelligent Conversation About Abortion

17 06 2009

Most “Pro-Life” diatribes are simplistic and logically tidy.  Unfortunately while some are well written, they are typically unfortunately myopic. Nobody who gets an abortion does so frivolously. There is no thoughtful discussion about the devastating unwanted impact on the life of a raped woman or the life and death urgency for a woman who could die if a fetus is carried to term?

They also lack heartfelt contemplations about how society has stacked the deck against single mothers and how they might be far less likely to get an abortion if only for adequate childcare/healthcare? There is also no indignation over wages that are 80 cents on the dollar of what men make, and how fair wages would better enable her to work and support her children?

Alas, there is no analysis on how to improve family planning or fix our broken adoption system that is failing to adequately care for the children who are already here and needing help?

Sadly, their pieces are generally thoughtful, but only as far as they go. Unfortunately, like most of the pro-life arguments, they rarely go far enough to actually address the actual problems being faced by real people in tough situations. To imply that women are just killing babies for no reason blithely ignores the broader and far more complicated reality.

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