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seaj11 Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-16-04 08:03 PM
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29. Several reasons
First of all, as a woman, I want control over my own body. While some pregnancies are simply accidents, I still want to be able to change the situation, if I choose. If I am raped, and I become pregnant, I don't think I would able to stand carrying the rapist's baby.
I remember when I was in ninth grade, and my political science teacher was a total fundie (oh, the irony!). He went on and on about how great Bush was, etc. Anyway, he was blabbing about how he disapproved of abortion, when he suddenly said, "If my daugher"--a picture of whom he kept on his desk--"was raped, I wouldn't want her to be carrying that sicko's baby. Well," he finished weakly. He had nothing left to say. It was almost funny, but mostly sad. I wondered what his daughter would think if she knew he mentioned her in this way.

Second of all, I don't think the government should--or can, rightfully--put limitations on the choices one makes regarding their body (unless, of course, those choices somehow harm someone else, which abortion wouldn't).

And lastly, even if abortion is illegal, women desperate to become "un-pregnant" would take desperate measures that might result in their death. Stories in which a woman cannot get access to a safe abortion, and submits herself to a procedure performed by someone who is not a medical professional, and dies or is seriously injured, are some of the saddest I've ever heard.
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