Daily Debate: Sept. 30, 2015

Abortion is an issue that a lot of people are very passionate about whether they support it or want to abolish it. How do you feel about the issue? Do you support abortion in all cases? At what point, if any, do you no longer feel it is appropriate? Are you feelings about abortion shaped by religion or personal experiences?

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Janet Morris

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama. I've got as many college credits as a doctorate candidate, and the GPA of some of them, too. I have a boss by the name of Amy Pond. She's a dachshund. My parents both grew up in Alabama.

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  1. I have a complicated viewpoint, culled from seeing girls I know go through abortions/agonize over the choice, plus a bit of my own faith. It goes like this:

    1. I would never choose abortion for myself, because I do not like the destruction of human life at any stage. This also means, however, that I want to offer emotional support to women who are considering abortion, because often they feel as though their lives are being destroyed by an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy;

    2. Many of the reasons why a woman might choose abortion actually come from the judgmental, slut-shaming culture around her–people might say they want her to keep the baby, but they’ll always look at her askance afterward, or they will rarely if ever offer help with the child once it’s born. Thus, shame and inability to care for the child after birth forces some women to make this painful choice, in whatever ways are made available to them (even illegally);

    3. In some cases, abortion is the only solution to a medical problem–say, for a young girl barely old enough to have a period being raped and impregnated by a family member, or for a woman whose pregnancy will almost certainly kill her if it advances any further;

    4. It is, ultimately, a choice made by the woman in question, and so it must be an informed choice, with plenty of unbiased, compassionate counseling and advice given beforehand. Many times, as noted in point #2, a woman considers abortion because it seems like the only way to escape a situation which she has been told is the “worst” sin for a woman to commit. If we as a society can lift the shadow of shame from pregnancy outside marriage and just offer proper women’s health care and counseling from the beginning, with no judgment, abortion might even cease to be a real issue.

    Summary: Abortion is in rare cases the only solution to a medical problem with pregnancy, but I believe that societal stresses have a lot to do with why women consider it as a choice. If we could resolve these stresses, perhaps this would help reduce the number of women who seek abortions, and lessen the vicious cycle of social shaming.

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