Daily Kos has a good write-up on it.
Elizabeth Moon, a pretty good S/F writer, speaks up here. (I don't always agree with everything Elizabeth writes, but I do agree with this post in it's entirety. Yes, I'm surprised too! :wink:)
Look, I am neither pro-life, nor am I anti-abortion. I fully believe that it’s a decision that’s between a woman and Yah. Yes, the father/sperm donor should have a say….but sometimes that’s not possible. I can see both sides of the argument – rape? Incest? What if a pregnancy puts the mother’s life in danger? (I have an online friend who went thru this…..her Rabbi told her that if she didn’t terminate the pregnancy, she was violating Torah – I don’t remember all the specifics, but it seems that if she had continued to carry the fetus, she had a very high probability of dying (and the fetus was non-viable, anyway) – and that was, basically, her allowing the fetus to murder her. Or something like that – it wasn’t something she OR the Rabbi (OR her husband - and they had been trying to conceive another child for YEARS) entered into lightly.)
I don't think abortion should be used as birth control, and I don't think it's something that should be top of the list when an "oops" pregnancy occurs. It's a major decision and should be treated as such - BY the people it directly affects.....NOT some government faction that has no real tangible interest in the people that are making such a decision.
Laws like this should NOT be passed. The ramifications.....one thing no one's mentioned yet - sometimes, you miscarry before you even realize you've been pregnant. WHO, then, will make the determination that it's a normal period, or proof of an illegal miscarriage? I mean.....I know that this argument was used a few years ago to block a less-intensive anti-abortion bill.....
I have no right to tell you what to do with your body, not do you have that right in regard to me. I will accept your decision, and even support you/lend a sympathetic ear, no matter what – but I can not make that decision for you. And the government CERTAINLY has no right to FORCE me to make a decision of this type. MY body, MY decision - YOUR body, YOUR decision.
It's that simple.
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