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Reproductive rights: Does Gen X recognize the threat? (Barf Alert!)
American Jurist ^ | 3/29/04 | Angela N. White

Posted on 03/30/2004 5:30:55 AM PST by qam1

Feminist activists are sending women a wake-up call. But will anyone answer?

On April 25, thousands of people will flood downtown DC to support one common goal: preserving what few reproductive rights women in this country still possess. But to truly succeed, the feminist movement must reach those who have never experienced a pre-Roe existence. Many of those in Gens X and Y do not recognize the massive threat to reproductive rights. Abortion is an abstract concept to them, a procedure that they think they likely will never need, but nonetheless will be readily available if they are wrong.

Will it take a 180-degree turn on abortion rights - a reversal of Roe v. Wade - to change these women's minds?

The complacent may witness the so-called "impossible" soon enough. The right of women to control their own bodies hangs by a 5-4 vote. In other words, Bush needs to appoint as few as one anti-choice justice to overturn decades of progress in reproductive rights. And we're not just taking about abortion, which already has taken hefty hits since Casey and other restrictive cases. Lack of public funding for abortions, mandatory waiting periods and parental notification laws are only the beginning of a potential end for not only access to abortion, but the full spectrum of women's ability to choose when and whether to bear children.

Witness the wide-range effects harming our reproductive rights even with Roe still in tact:

The So-Called "Partial Birth Abortion" Ban Act - One of the most recent blows to reproductive rights was the passing and signing of the "PBA" Ban Act of 2003, a dangerously broad law that is the first to criminalize a medical procedure. Despite the fact that the law also potentially covers many types of second-term abortion procedures, Congress and Bush intended to prohibit the intact dilation and extraction procedure. D&E is often the safest procedure to use to terminate the pregnancy of a deformed fetus.

For more information about the "PBA" Ban Act, see Brian Morreale's article, as well as the December issue of the Jurist.

Mifepristone - The Federal Drug Administration approved mifepristone - otherwise known as RU-486 - in 2000. The drug, when used with misoprostol, provides women with a safe and reliable alternative to surgical abortion in the first trimester.

However, shortly after Bush appointed Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Thompson called for a review of the safety of the drug, despite its successful use in France since 1988, the United Kingdom since 1991 and Switzerland since 1992.

In fact, more than 600,000 European women used the drug by the time the FDA approved it in the U.S., according to Planned Parenthood.

More than one million women worldwide now have used the mifepristone/misoprostol combination to end pregnancies. Since 1991, a total of six deaths have been reported in possible connection with the drug, according to Planned Parenthood. By comparison, Viagra is linked to more than 616 deaths.

"Safety" is obviously a smokescreen behind the true motives anti-choice conservatives for opposing the drug.

Plan B "Morning After Pill" - The FDA recently delayed until May the decision to sell the "morning after pill" over the counter, citing a need to research teenage use of the drug. The pill, when used within 72 hours of sexual intercourse, stops implantation of a fertilized egg, thus preventing pregnancy. Acting essentially as a mega dose of birth control pills, it can reduce pregnancy risk by 89 percent. The drug prevented more than 50,000 abortions in 2000, according to Nation's Health. Five states currently allow pharmacists to disperse Plan B without a prescription.

However, in 45 other states, many women are denied access to the pill, as they are unable to obtain a necessary prescription within the limited time frame. This effectively voids the pill's value as an advancement in reproductive choice and cements unwanted pregnancies that women must then either end through abortions or - as religious zealots seeking control over women hope - have children against their will.

Click here for more information about Plan B emergency contraception.

International Family Planning - As his first executive order, Bush reinstated the Global Gag Rule, which bans federal funding to international organizations that advocate or even mention abortion to their patients. "The promises of our Declaration of Independence are not just for the strong, the independent or the healthy. They are for everyone, including unborn children," Bush stated.

Bush rationalized his decision to reinstate the Global Gag Rule by stating that he does not believe federal funds should support abortions. However, the ban actually denies aid to foreign non-governmental organizations that use their own money - not that of the U.S. government - to advocate for or perform legal abortions in their own countries.

The ban mostly affects clinics in third world countries that lack important resources - like food and medicine - to support populations that will only become larger with this ban on family planning in place. The ban prevents women not only from obtaining abortions from these clinics, but also prevents them from obtaining a multitude of other healthcare and reproductive services once clinics that cannot afford to stay open without these critical U.S. government funds close their doors.

On a related note, the United States also has refused to fund the United Nations Population Fund, which provides reproductive services to millions of women so that they may plan and space births, which in turn reduces maternal and infant mortality. The agency has lost approximately $70 million in the past two years because of the U.S. funding blockade, according to Planned Parenthood.

These backlashes are just a few demonstrations of the hostility that women face in a political climate featuring an anti-choice president, anti-choice Congress and anti-choice state legislatures. Granting independent legal status to fetuses instead of enforcing anti-violence laws against the women who carry them, advocating and increasing the budget for abstinence-only education while restricting funding for more effective Title X subsidized family planning, coercing single mothers to marry for welfare benefits while ignoring domestic violence concerns - the list is seemingly endless. Anti-woman conservatives will continue to strip away reproductive rights unless we stop them.

Thus, this column is a call to action. Join women and men across the country to protest the gradual destruction of reproductive choice.

On April 25, WiCkLe students will march together in the largest, most organized pro-choice demonstration ever to hit DC. For the first time in the history of the women's rights movement, six major feminist groups - The Feminist Majority, the Black Women's Health Imperative, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the National Organization for Women and Planned Parenthood - have united to bring forth this historic event.

We must make our voices heard, before the conservative anti-choice tide washes away our rights for generations to come.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: abortion; brainwashing; cultureofdeath; culturewar; feminism; feminists; genx; indoctrination; infanticide; itsjustsex; murder; now; nownags; roeregretsabortion; roevwade; socialism
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1 posted on 03/30/2004 5:30:56 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; m18436572; ...
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Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social aspects that directly effects Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1982) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

Freep mail me to be added or dropped. See my home page for details.

2 posted on 03/30/2004 5:32:52 AM PST by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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To: qam1
On April 25, thousands of people will flood downtown DC to support one common goal: preserving what few reproductive rights women in this country still possess.

They have got to be kidding. What a joke! All feminists seem to know how to do know is scream the sky is falling....When will these people realize what has truly been done to our society because of their constant bleating?


3 posted on 03/30/2004 5:36:06 AM PST by LadyShallott ("An armed society is a polite society."~Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: qam1
Reproductive rights my eye. How about reproductive obligations, such as, if you have sex, and an offspring results, you're liable for the health and welfare of the offspring?
4 posted on 03/30/2004 5:39:13 AM PST by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
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To: qam1
Since 1991, a total of six deaths have been reported in possible connection with the drug, according to Planned Parenthood. By comparison, Viagra is linked to more than 616 deaths.

And ephedra, which is banned starting in two weeks, was CASUALLY linked to ONE death.

5 posted on 03/30/2004 5:40:30 AM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: qam1
Reproductive rights: Does Gen X recognize the threat?

Does Gen X recognize that 1/3 of their brothers and sisters were murdered?

6 posted on 03/30/2004 5:41:09 AM PST by Jim Noble (Now you go feed those hogs before they worry themselves into anemia!)
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To: qam1
I know that our generation (the "Boomers" can't help but label everything) is the first to suffer the effects of abortion. How many friends of all of us were killed because they had a selfish mother? Yeah, us "Gen-X'ers" are perfectly aware of abortion and it is another example of the greedy, self centered attitude of the "Boomers".
7 posted on 03/30/2004 5:44:17 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: qam1
Well a considerable number of Generation X'ers would love to speak out on "reproductive rights". Too bad they were denied the rights to freedom of speech and life.
8 posted on 03/30/2004 5:47:00 AM PST by brothers4thID
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To: qam1
Will it take a 180-degree turn on abortion rights - a reversal of Roe v. Wade - to change these women's minds?

The complacent may witness the so-called "impossible" soon enough. The right of women to control their own bodies hangs by a 5-4 vote. In other words, Bush needs to appoint as few as one anti-choice justice to overturn decades of progress in reproductive rights.

What a great set of rights. Rights that can be taken away by the appointment of a single judge are not rights. It is time the left understands this, "rights" given to you by judicial fiat can just as easily be taken away from you. When you do not use the legislative process there is nothing to stop what you have done to others to be done to you...

9 posted on 03/30/2004 5:47:02 AM PST by 2banana
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To: qam1
Maybe Gen X and Gen Y are starting to realize that abortion is MURDER!
10 posted on 03/30/2004 5:51:54 AM PST by TXBSAFH (KILL-9 needs no justification.)
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To: Jim Noble

Do the Gen Xers realize that THEY will be paying 2/3 of their future paychecks in taxes to keep the government and Social Security afloat because 1/3 of their generation of taxpayers was murdered by their mothers with the blessing of leftists in and out of the government? No, they are too busy watching MTV. Their only smart strategy would be to stay in front of the TV and not go to college or to work. That would bring the merry-go-round in Washington DC to a screeching halt.
11 posted on 03/30/2004 5:51:55 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: qam1
It's called the Roe Effect. Children tend as a rule to follow the politics of their parents. Well, during the past generation many left-leaning women had abortions and therefore few children. Conservative women didn't have abortions and had larger families. Therefore, young people today tend to be more conservative. Many of those who would have been liberals were aborted instead.
12 posted on 03/30/2004 6:01:12 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The right to bear weapons is the right to be free" - A. E. Van Vogt)
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To: qam1
Actually women are learning....abortion causes severe psychological problems, risk of cervical and breast cancer, and the loss of a beautiful human being. I hope that all women will eventually learn what an honor it is to be able to bear children and will hold that honor in the highest regard.
13 posted on 03/30/2004 6:03:01 AM PST by volchef (Don't take a butcher's advice on how to cook meat. If he knew, he'd be a chef. - Andy Rooney)
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To: qam1
Lack of public funding for abortions

Why should the public fund abortions? #1 It is murder, #2 We didn't collectively participate in the conception.

14 posted on 03/30/2004 6:03:02 AM PST by xrp
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To: qam1
At no time during this entire farticle were the two words, "President" and "Bush", ever adjacent.

The hate of these people is palpable.
15 posted on 03/30/2004 6:17:09 AM PST by Old Sarge
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To: qam1
Blah blah blah blah blah.

Women have the absolute right to keep their knees together until they are responsible enough to bring a child into the world. Everything else is a reproductive wrong.

16 posted on 03/30/2004 6:26:02 AM PST by grellis (Che cosa ha mangiato?)
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To: Old Sarge
farticle

LOVE IT!!!!

17 posted on 03/30/2004 6:29:52 AM PST by grellis (Che cosa ha mangiato?)
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To: volchef
abortion causes severe psychological problems...

Unfortunately, almost no attention at all is given to women who have had abortions, live with the horror of what they have done, and speak out against the continuing slaughter.

18 posted on 03/30/2004 6:33:49 AM PST by grellis (Che cosa ha mangiato?)
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To: volchef
abortion causes severe psychological problems...

Unfortunately, almost no attention at all is given to women who have had abortions, live with the horror of what they have done, and speak out against the continuing slaughter.

19 posted on 03/30/2004 6:33:58 AM PST by grellis (Che cosa ha mangiato?)
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To: volchef
abortion causes severe psychological problems...

Unfortunately, almost no attention at all is given to women who have had abortions, live with the horror of what they have done, and speak out against the continuing slaughter.

20 posted on 03/30/2004 6:33:58 AM PST by grellis (Che cosa ha mangiato?)
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To: qam1
Feminist activists are sending women a wake-up call. But will anyone answer?

The usual suspects no doubt.

21 posted on 03/30/2004 6:42:11 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: qam1
However, the ban actually denies aid to foreign non-governmental organizations that use their own money - not that of the U.S. government - to advocate for or perform legal abortions in their own countries.

This sentence is so confusing and confused it is funny. Umn - no lady, if they want to provide funds for this "medical procedure" then they can expect to receive no funds from us.

It is not as if getting rid of Roe v. Wade will completely get rid of abortion anyway, abortion will then become something that the states can decide on, not the federal government (this is a good thing). Maybe, hopefully, this will result in more responsibilities/funding being wrested from the white knuckled grip of the federal bureaucrats, and into the sweaty palms of the state governments.

And yeah, another thing. These womyn act as if the only thing standing between them and an unwanted child is an abortion, and that is blatantly false there are: IUDs, Cervical Caps, Diaphragms, the pill, the patch, and...oh my - abstinence. STFU!

22 posted on 03/30/2004 6:42:27 AM PST by NotQuiteCricket (10 kinds of people in the world us and them.)
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To: qam1
D&E is often the safest procedure to use to terminate the pregnancy of a deformed fetus.

Typical liberal distortion. Taken in a vacuum, this statement is true. If partial-birth abortion was only used to abort brain-dead or virtually dead babies, there wouldn't really be a debate. Only pro-life purists would argue that a woman should not have the right to abort a brain-dead baby.

Of course, the truth of the matter is that partial birth abortion, like most abortions, is mostly used for conevenience of the mother.

23 posted on 03/30/2004 6:48:05 AM PST by Modernman (Chthulhu for President! Why Vote for the Lesser Evil?)
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To: jalisco555
"Many of those who would have been liberals were aborted instead."

ABORTION KILLS VOTERS
1973-1986
KERRY - SOME OF YOUR VOTERS ARE DEAD!

There is also the abortion survivor affect even among children of pro-aborts. Imagine living with the knowledge that you are alive, and your sibling was aborted?

24 posted on 03/30/2004 6:48:05 AM PST by AMDG&BVMH
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To: qam1
Bush needs to appoint as few as one anti-choice justice to overturn decades of progress in reproductive rights.


This is where the pro-abortion crowd made their mistake. If they would have went to the various state legislatures, and allowed the law makers decide the abortion question, they would have been able to make it legal in liberal states, and the fight against them would have been much weaker.

By having the Supreme Court rule it was a "Consitutional" right, they short circuited the process, resulting in a 30 year battle they will lose in the end.

If the Supreme Court can make something (not in the Consitution) a "right", the Supreme Court can take away that right.

I will go so far as to say that, that one ruling was the beginning of the end for liberals.

25 posted on 03/30/2004 6:49:37 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (Maybe we should raise the voting age to 40)
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To: qam1
Why is it that those of us born from 1955 to 1965 get lumped in with the baby boomers? Most of us have nothing in common with the hippie commies born from 1940 to 1955.
26 posted on 03/30/2004 6:53:15 AM PST by CyberSpartacus
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To: CyberSpartacus
BTTT
27 posted on 03/30/2004 6:57:15 AM PST by GrandMoM (GOD is working in secret, behind the scenes even when it looks like nothing will ever change! JM)
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To: Jim Noble
Does Gen X recognize that 1/3 of their brothers and sisters were murdered?>>

Yes.
28 posted on 03/30/2004 6:58:33 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (killing innocent people is not a hobby that anyone should take up)
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To: CyberSpartacus
"Most of us have nothing in common with the hippie commies born from 1940 to 1955."

And many of us born between 1940 and 1955 don't have anything in common with them either! ;)

29 posted on 03/30/2004 7:00:57 AM PST by AMDG&BVMH
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To: qam1
The complacent may witness the so-called "impossible" soon enough. The right of women to control their own bodies hangs by a 5-4 vote.>>>

What a lie--but with truth. Things DO hang by a thread: the coming court-imposed "right" to be forced at gunpoint to pay for your employee's HIV+ gay "spouse's" health insurance.
30 posted on 03/30/2004 7:02:29 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (killing innocent people is not a hobby that anyone should take up)
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To: qam1
It's funny how the lieberals recognize the goal of pro-lifers is complete reversal of RvW, while they can't for the life of them figure out the goal of the terrorist is complete defeat of the American way of life.

They sure pick the most ignorant issues!
31 posted on 03/30/2004 7:15:26 AM PST by CSM (Vote Kerry! Boil the Frog! Speed up the 2nd Revolution! (Be like Spain! At least they're honest))
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To: xrp
Why should the public fund abortions? #1 It is murder, #2 We didn't collectively participate in the conception.

In other words, you didn't screw, but you're certainly getting screwed for the consequences, regardless...
32 posted on 03/30/2004 7:16:37 AM PST by KangarooJacqui (Living next to the biggest Islamic country on earth, don't all Aussies deserve danger money?)
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To: xrp
Why should the public fund abortions? #1 It is murder, #2 We didn't collectively participate in the conception.

In other words, you didn't screw, but you're certainly getting screwed for the consequences, regardless...
33 posted on 03/30/2004 7:16:43 AM PST by KangarooJacqui (Living next to the biggest Islamic country on earth, don't all Aussies deserve danger money?)
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To: qam1
"reproductive rights" is easily the most offensive and
inaccurate of all the phoney labels that the left has
created.

there is already a word for a LACK of "reproductive rights";
it's called eugenics, and if anyone in the abortion struggle
is practicing eugenics, it's the people in favor of abortion.
34 posted on 03/30/2004 7:23:32 AM PST by smonk
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To: qam1
I am writing in response to Ms. Angela White's wake-up call to Gen X to the "massive threat to reproductive rights". I found this comment of hers to be especially ironic:

"But to truly succeed, the feminist movement must reach those who have never experienced a pre-Roe existence."

Sadly, millions of Gen Xers (of which I am one) have never experienced a post-Roe existence. This Gen Xer is not pleased that the generation before us chose to burn us and tear us limb-from-limb in our mother's wombs. A pre-born infant can feel excruciating pain. A fetus' heart is beating at 6 weeks' conception. I consider that a human life.

Yes, I believe as women we have Reproductive Responsibilities. Once we choose to conceive a child, we should bear that child to term. Our choice to "control our own bodies" comes prior to sex, not afterwards.

You want to make your voices heard. I don't think you have the right to be heard since you chose to take that right away from millions of my fellow Gen Xers.

Sincerely,
Gen Xer
35 posted on 03/30/2004 7:28:04 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: CyberSpartacus
FYI baby boomers are defined as having been born between 1946 and 1960. That might make you one. Oh, the horror!
36 posted on 03/30/2004 7:44:19 AM PST by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Jim Noble
Does Gen X recognize that 1/3 of their brothers and sisters were murdered?

BUMP

It's one reason why "Generation X" aka the Baby Bust will always lag behind the numbers of the Baby Boomers. Those smaller birth rates mean less representation in the political arena, less workers to pay more social security taxes, etc.

37 posted on 03/30/2004 7:51:04 AM PST by weegee (From the way the Spanish voted - it seems that the Europeans do know there is an Iraq-Al Qaida link.)
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To: CyberSpartacus
The baby boom gets blocked by the years of higher birthrate. A person is not defined by the brightest or dimmest minds of his generation but he has to deal with the consequences of the acts of all of them.
38 posted on 03/30/2004 7:55:03 AM PST by weegee (From the way the Spanish voted - it seems that the Europeans do know there is an Iraq-Al Qaida link.)
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To: NotQuiteCricket
It is not as if getting rid of Roe v. Wade will completely get rid of abortion anyway, abortion will then become something that the states can decide on, not the federal government (this is a good thing).

Eventually abortion (possibly excepting life threatening risk) will be outlawed as unconsitutional denial of LIFE. The states cannot arbitrarily state who is and is not human; it is not a matter of opinion, it is a fact (which some people seem to be in denial of).

Homosexual rights (a sexual fetish) are dangerously close to being declared a constitutionally protected freedom. The right to life of a child in the womb should have even more constitutional protection.

39 posted on 03/30/2004 8:00:38 AM PST by weegee (From the way the Spanish voted - it seems that the Europeans do know there is an Iraq-Al Qaida link.)
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To: weegee
Eventually abortion (possibly excepting life threatening risk) will be outlawed as unconsitutional denial of LIFE.

Getting the courts to overturn Roe will be difficult enough. Getting the courts to rule that abortion is unconstitutional is probably never going to happen. A constitutional amendment banning abortion is just as unlikely- there are enough red states out there to prevent such an amendment from passing.

Abortion will end up being decided in the political arena. The people of this country will have to decide for themselves whether or not abortion is acceptable.

40 posted on 03/30/2004 8:10:48 AM PST by Modernman (Chthulhu for President! Why Vote for the Lesser Evil?)
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To: qam1
Written just like a woman (or perhaps a man in disquise) who wants to screw-screw-screw w/o any consequence or qualms.
41 posted on 03/30/2004 8:35:59 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common Sense is an Uncommon Virtue)
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To: Jim Noble
Good 1, Jim!
42 posted on 03/30/2004 8:37:54 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common Sense is an Uncommon Virtue)
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To: jalisco555
OMG! LOL. Would that it were true!
43 posted on 03/30/2004 8:40:23 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common Sense is an Uncommon Virtue)
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To: qam1
Oh they are upset because no one will pay attention to them anymore. On April 25th a handful of the most ugly bitter and hate filled women will come to DC with hairy armpits to put condoms on bananas.
44 posted on 03/30/2004 8:43:45 AM PST by Trueblackman (I want to be the 44th White President.)
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To: weegee; Modernman
It is the ability to identify a "gay" gene in utero, should that ability come to pass, that will end abortion and tear apart the democrat party along the way.
45 posted on 03/30/2004 8:48:12 AM PST by wtc911 (Doesn't matter if your head is in the sand or up your a**, the view is the same.)
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To: qam1
The only women I know who are prochoice are rather loose. I did know an atheist liberal girl who had an abortion and became very, very prolife afterwards. Poor girl...

For the men, it's a little different. For the woman, sex is a deeply emotional act and cannot be separated from love. A woman who views the sex the way a man does has been calloused. Prochoice men desparately want to believe that the "natural" state of women is exactly the same as a man's--no commitment, in the worst-case scenario just flush the fetus and you're both done with each other. This is based on my conversations of 2 male friends who were very, very pro-choice, BTW...

But ultimately Gen Xers seem to know the "there's no such thing as a free lunch" maxim much better than the 60's hippies did... we may not be much more pro-life, but we do have a lot less sympathy for a woman who gets stuck with a pregnancy through her own actions and therefore we won't make a big fuss if abortion becomes illegal.
46 posted on 03/30/2004 8:58:44 AM PST by Nataku X
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To: qam1
Calling abortion "reproductive rights" is like calling shooting your neighbor "zoning rights."
47 posted on 03/30/2004 9:01:25 AM PST by Yaelle
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48 posted on 03/30/2004 9:20:33 AM PST by qam1 (Tommy Thompson is a Fat-tubby, Fascist)
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Pro-Life Counter-Protest in Washington DC on April 24th and 25th!
 
Partial-birth abortion: dispelling the myths
 
Kerry’s Dirty Deeds (How, pray tell, do they comport with religious belief?)
 
Freep Catholic Pro-abort, pro-homosexual and pro-stem cell research Colleges
 
Senate Passes Unborn Victims Bill, heads to President Bush
     

49 posted on 03/30/2004 9:30:07 AM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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50 posted on 03/30/2004 9:37:56 AM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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