So, let's talk about abortion...
Let me start out by stating that I would never choose to have an abortion. However, I would never want to take away your right to make that choice. The key question surrounding the abortion issue is when life begins. I am of the opinion that life begins when the child you are having can survive outside the mother's womb on it's own or with medical assistance. When that occurs is ever changing. There is no black and white. The earliest born surviving child is Amillia Sonja Taylor and she was born in October after less than 22 weeks in the womb. I am of the opinion that this "life line" should be moved as new children are born and as medicine advances. Right now, before 22 weeks of pregnancy a child can not survive without the protection of the Mother's womb.
Now, let's take a look at politics. Many abortion rights activists condemn Palin for being anti-abortion. They say the republicans will take away abortion and overturn Roe v. Wade. They claim that rape victims and incest victims will be forced to raise the children concieved as a result of the attack making them forever a victim and that a woman who's life is in danger will be left to die instead of aborting the child. I think this all crazy and rediculous. In 1996 there were 1.37 million abortions performed. 64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women; Married women account for 18.4% of all abortions and divorced women obtain 9.4%. When asked about the reasons for the abortions, 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient). 7%...Only 7% fall into the category that the democrats use to fuel their entire argument. 7%.
The republicans argue that babies are being killed avaery day. That late term abortions are rampant. (Obama always votes yes for abortion, no matter how late in the pregnancy. He also voted against providing life support to children who "survived" abortions.) Most women are getting abortions early in the pregnancy. 52% of all abortions occur before the 9th week of pregnancy, 25% happen between the 9th & 10th week, 12% happen between the 11th and 12th week, 6% happen between the 13th & 15th week, 4% happen between the 16th & 20th week, and 1% of all abortions (16,450/yr.) happen after the 20th week of pregnancy. Only 11% of abortions happen after the second trimester. Just under half, 48%, of all abortion facilities provide services after the 12th week of pregnancy. 9 in 10 managed care plans routinely cover abortion or provide limited coverage. About 14% of all abortions in the United States are paid for with public funds, virtually all of which are state funds.Keep in mind that 47% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one previous abortion.
What bothers me most about these statistics is that a majority of abotions occur for social reasons. If we eliminate the ability to have a social abortion we can appease the republicans. At the same time we are still allowing a woman to abort a child for rape, incest, and medical reasons. You see, many abortions could be prevented with a little self respect and personal responsability. How about this for abortion...close your legs and take some birth control. I forgot, this country doesn't encourage personal responsability.
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