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Is Abortion good or bad???

Plase share your views on this Topic of Abortion.What do you think,are you against it or with it..pls share

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    Feb 24 2012: Abortion has been a practice used since the beginning of humankind. It was originally done with herbal concocktions, sticks, tools and instruments of various kinds, in homes, the lodges of medicine men/women, the woods, the offices of "quacks" in the back street using a metal hanger, etc. etc.

    I do not believe abortion will go away, so it is better, in my perception, to be legal, and done in a safe, sterile environment rather than what has often happened in the past. Women will take charge of their/our bodies, which we have a right to do.

    That being said, education is important when dealing with abortion. For example, I do not think it is a good birth control practice, which is what some women use it for. This practice definetely adversly impacts the health and well being of the woman.

    For those who are against abortion for any reason, I'll tell you about a young woman of 17, who came into the shelter pregnant by her father for the 3rd time. Would you demand that she carry that pregnancy to term and live with the constant reminder of the abuse and violation of her human rights by a person who was supposed to love and cherish her as his daughter?

    I appreciate Jonathan Gronli's comment on this thread...
    " I think the abortion debate itself is bad due to the fact that predominantly it's been held by men who tried to silence the voices of the group who would be directly affected by their decisions - women".
    • Feb 25 2012: Colleen,

      "I do not believe abortion will go away so it is better in my opinion that it be legal..."

      Opponents of abortion often equate it with murder.

      Interestingly, murder does not seem to be a eradicable behavior either.

      Should we legalize it (common law murder) as well?

      The basis of the legal system is how society responds to reoccuring harmful activities. Your reasoning seems faulty here. Not that I necessarily equate abortion with common law murder, but I am interested in hearing why you think your reasoning is sound in one case and not the other.

      In response to your story of the poor girl who was abused and impregnated by her father - I think the difference in opinion on the topic of abortion arises from the same place all disagreements arise from: a difference of perspective.

      When viewing it from the mother's side, it seems awful to make her carry it to term. From the child's side, it seems awful to deny her the gift of life because of the circumstances of her conception. I do not think the life of a baby girl conceived of two consenting adults is any more valuable than that of one conceived by an incestuous rape. Life is a secular miracle that I, for one, can raise a glass and shed a tear for.

      I cannot fathom the emotional stress involved in the type of situation you describe, but I do not think our legal framework ought to be based on an emotional sentiment - or else we would probably legalize the murder in many revenge scenarios (cheating spouse/business partner, etc.), as well as theft by the very poor.

      SEP

      *If abortion were to be criminalized, I think we would have to make it possible for a person in a situation as such as you describe would be able to bring a civil suit against her abuser for emotional distress in carrying said child. Of course, the girl could put the baby up for adoption immediately, and the child could be shielded from knowledge of the civil suit and the circumstances of her biological mother, if so preferred.
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        Feb 25 2012: Seth,
        You are absolutely correct..."The basis of the legal system is how society responds to reoccuring harmful activities". Which is why abortion was legalized.

        You are absolutely right again..."the difference in opinion on the topic of abortion arises from the same place all disagreements arise from: a difference of perspective".

        The topic here is not about cheating spouses, business partners, theft, or civil suits, etc. It is about abortion, which is legal...at least in the state where I reside.
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        Feb 25 2012: Seth,
        Your first question..." OK, so why is murder not legalized?".
        This is an issue you can address with your legislative representatives.

        It appears that you want to talk about domestic violence, homicide resulting.
        You have twice brought this into your comments... "legalize the murder in many revenge scenarios (cheating spouse/business partner, etc.)", "murder in the case of a cheating spouse also seems justified".

        It is not surprising that you do not understand my comments. I am on topic:>)
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          Feb 26 2012: Seth, i know this is emotionally charged, but speaking PURELY on the grounds of debate, you have made an illogical connection with the "make murder legal" thread. We should limit the conversation to abortion only.
          The distiction between abortion and murder is this: the fetus is a part of the woman's body, and until such time as it is viable without that womb, the woman has full decision making rights, imho. We tend to try to paint women with the same brush as Gacy, Colombine, or Islamic extremists, and it is simply an improper comparison.
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        Feb 26 2012: Seth,
        *You miss quoted me again...what I wrote in my first post is:'
        "I do not believe abortion will go away, so it is better, in my perception, to be legal, and done in a safe, sterile environment rather than what has often happened in the past".
        That statement, of course, goes along with my knowledge of what was done in the past, which I clearly express.

        *The question, as presented, does not ask us to compare abortion with murder, and although I realize that some people consider abortion murder, depending on what his/her personal opinions are, that is not the topic question. You apparently think it "should" be the question, and if so, you can start that conversation. You apparently are not content with abortion being legal, and if so, I suggest you talk with your legislative representatives. An argument with me is not going to change the fact that abortion is legal.
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        *My original comment does not defend anything, but rather, offers my perceptions and preferences, based on my life experiences, including, but not limited to, volunteer work wth women and children in shelters, family center, work with offenders of domestic assault/sexual crimes who are incarcerated, and my experience opening my home as a "safe house" for women for years.

        Seth, this conversation with you is finished. It feels, at this point like harrassment because you simply want to say what you want to say without listening. You don't need to try to create an argument with me to express yourself.

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