the mother's health? What if her life is in danger? I am not crazy about abortion, but I feel it should be safe, legal, and rare. And that it should be an issue for the mother and her partner and her doctor only, not the government.
Of course abortion is a tragedy, for both fetus and parents. It is a matter of huge sorrow and loss, no matter what the reason. Women who have aborted carry that sorrow all their lives. Making the decision is agonizing and always a matter of second-guessing the future.
It seems to me that both pro-life and pro-choice advocates have the same hope in mind-----that all children will be treasured and cared for and that pregnant women are joyfully pregnant, not pregnant because of incest, rape, fear or ignorance.
To achieve this outcome, it seems to me that we must educate both sexes adequately about birth control, whether the preference is for natural methods such as rhythm or medical methods such as contraception. We must end incest and rape. We must teach both sexes to respect their bodies and their sexuality, to say "no" when the time is not right, to not take advantage of a person sexually, to delay sexual activity until they are mature enough to handle the consequences.
Ignorance and fear are a major part of the problem. Let's see what we can do to change that, rather than screaming at each other about the politics.