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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-22-09 01:23 PM
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Should men have a say about abortion?
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Here, of course, in a civilized society, where we thrive for men and women to be equal partners in all decisions, the answer would be yes. We would like both would be parents to determine whether a pregnancy should continue or not.

The sad reality is, that in too many parts of the world, women have no say on anything. In many cases, the pregnancy is a result of a rape which, if the woman is not married will also result in her death. If the rape is by her husband, well, this, too is accepted.

In too many cases, the only way women can make a living is through prostitution where, again, being pregnant, means life long of poverty and misery for her and for her child.

And, in many parts of the world, a husband can just decide to change his mind and to divorce her while she is pregnant.

So for women to be the only ones in charge of their bodies is a matter of life and death. Which, of course, is why we should support world-wide organizations that help women who seek abortions in poor, patriarchal regions of the world. (I think that Reagan prohibited it, Clinton reversed it, Bush reversed it too and I am not sure about Obama).

Oh, and with all due respect, Mr. President, not every woman is agonizing over terminating a pregnancy. Especially for young, unmarried ones, often the only desire is to let "this thing" disappear. And, sadly, sometimes it is the newly born baby who the young mother makes to "disappear."

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