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February 20, 2014

In Your Opinion: Abortion sometimes beats the alternative

Keeping open that uncloseable can o’worms, I am really shocked that the Star allowed a man well-known in the local anti-abortion debate to dominate Jessica Reynolds’ article. 

When do women who need an abortion get to have their say? Probably never. An abortion is private and personal and should be between a woman and her doctor. A woman who seeks an abortion should not have to discuss her reasons and become the target of the “pro-life” militia. It is not my business, not the government’s business, and certainly not their business.

Are there any statistics about younger women who have unprotected sex and get pregnant and then are forced to raise a child alone or with Grammy (boyfriends are seldom long-term) and struggle for the rest of their lives?

I can think of seven young women who have toddlers, and the life they lead is just so much harder. I think it is because the pro-life people make abortion shameful and birth control hard to get.

I don’t think God is answering the prayers of pro-lifers any more than God is directing people to protest outside abortion provider offices. If God were that detail-oriented, then he/she would also make sure unwed mothers would get prenatal and child care, and boyfriends would pay child support.

The Right-to-Lifers will do anything to stop an abortion, but seem to stop caring about the child after it is born.

I’m not saying that abortion is a great solution for unwanted pregnancies, but it is a heckuva lot better than consigning a young woman to a stressed-out life with the burden of motherhood and the stigma that gets attached to it. They don’t all get on reality shows.

Alan Kaplan


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