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"My Girlfriend Has Had Four Abortions. Is That A Lot?"

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tiredfairy
tiredfairy

@Archetype:

Sure, I personally believe that too... But what I'm trying to get at is what people want to do about it, besides just voice their discontent with it. That's fine and all, but to keep the choice we have to accept that not everyone who has an abortion will do it for what we consider to be the "right" reasons. Who gets to determine that? It seems black and white in these discussions but it's really not...because my idea of the "right" reasons may not be someone else's and if we start down the road of "well, in this case" it just opens it up for all of them to be limited. Which is the real point.

Most people getting abortions are not using it for birth control, personal knowledge of someone who does aside. It's anecdotal, and while I get where it's coming from, my question then is...what is the proposed solution? Because I think trying to limit the choice based on what reasons a person -might- be choosing to abort is VERY dangerous. Because only the person doing it actually has to live with that decision. It doesn't effect my life in any way.

Do I wish everyone was responsible and made thoughtful decisions? Yeah, sure. But I can't require them too. All I can do is say that I think education is the most important thing so that abortion as birth control is the exception for most people I can't control (and do not want to) the many and complex reasons a person may choose an abortion. Because if I ever needed one I wouldn't want to have to prove it's for the "right" reason.