No Middle Ground on Abortion
One question that never leaves the national agenda is abortion rights, and Our Readers Who Comment are involved in an often crude discussion this morning about Peter Slevin's story documenting how anti-abortion forces are concentrating their efforts on imposing state controls in the absence of gaining a federal ban.
Slevin reports that "supporters of a woman's right to abortion feel increasingly embattled. Some doctors and clinic personnel feel threatened, particularly since last week's slaying in Kansas of physician George Tiller, the nation's best-known abortion provider." The suspect in that slaying, Scott Roeder, told the Associated Press that "many other similar events [are] planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.
Our readers find no middle ground. Abortion is murder for one side; for the other laws making abortion difficult are a profound violation of a woman's right to control what happens to her body. Restrictions such as those documented in Mississippi fall hardest on the poor at a time many states are cutting supportive programs for budget reasons.
We'll start with this exchange, which effectively outlines the tone of debate this subject inevitably evokes:
ddpcgraphics wrote, "Life is started at conception - a moment after that - it is murder"
To which AffinityGW1 replied, "I'm glad you finally settled the issue for everyone. It must be difficult to be God."
RealTexan1 wrote, "10th Amendment: 'The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people'... If you live in a state with restrictions you do not agree with, then you simply take a long drive to the next state over. And perhaps this long driving is just the right "waiting period" to mull things over and be certain this procedure is really what you want to do."
But kamdog observed that "None of the impediments would interfere with the country club set when one of their daughters needs an abortion. Only working and poor women have this impact on them."
homer4 wrote, "Never can understand these 'pro-life' people. Once a child is born, they don't care if they have healthcare or education. You can see this here in Arizona where the Republican dominated legislature is busy passing laws restricting abortion, while cutting money for pre-natal care, education, child health insurance, and day care. And the same crowd insists that abstinence only is the ONLY thing that can be taught..."
Blue_Moose said, "Anti-abortionists have shown themselves to be terrorists. They should be sent to Gitmo with their kind."
And COWENS99 wrote, "The anti-abortion people are terrorist much worse than Al Qaeda. They want to force their narrow views on use and make it the law of the country. These are christian fundamentalist that are out of touch with the real world... Americans should let these people know that we don't care about your religion, leave us alone."
jellyhouse56 asked, "If a womans body isnt her own then that begs the question:Then who owns it? The State? Pro Choice...the only sensible choice."
jerichothered1 said, "...What truly matters is choice. Don't put your religion in my body or any woman's body..."
Logic3 wrote, "...First Case: In a partial-birth abortion procedure, the abortionist takes a scissors to the full-term baby's neck,"sucks the brains out"while the baby is still alive. Second Case: An unarmed adult, such as a political prisner, is beheaded while is still alive. Analogy: Strikes me, as a "similarly horrific act" upon a human-person and all of mankind."
patsking said, "Interesting, life is life. That is not a religious truth. Abortion kills children. Otherwise why can someone be convicted of murder before birth as long as the baby is wanted. Abortion is a desicion that cannot be indone. The loss is forever..."
windrider2 wrote, "...The anti-abortionists need to look at what drives women to have abortions: unwanted pregnancy. So long as unwanted pregnancies are occurring, particularly to poor and working class women, there will be abortions, legal or not... To reduce the number of abortions, you have to reduce the factors which cause women to make that choice..."
soccermom1 said, "state mandated terrorism against women."
We'll close with trace1, who wrote, "...People need to understand that we live in one of the most family-unfriendly countries in the world. Want to reduce abortions? Work for universal health care. Work for paid job protection for pregnant and new mothers. A true "culture of life" would insist on these kinds of supports for women and their infants."
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