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How I Changed My Mind About Abortion
Patheos ^ | January 15, 2014 | Julia Herrington

Posted on 01/18/2014 3:40:49 PM PST by nickcarraway

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Abortion was not an issue that I had ever imagined I’d become remotely passionate about. I am a bona-fide feminist with extreme ideas and boisterous opinions. A sarcastic eye roll from me at the mention of anything that could be interpreted as insensitive to the plight of women is a good indication to all who know me that my soap box is nearby. So when I started working at a Pregnancy Resource Center, folks looked at me quizzically. And to be honest, I was just as befuddled as they were, maybe more so. My thoughts and feelings on abortion have almost always been rather laissez–faire. I felt apathetic because the topic is so abrasive. Secretly, I’ve always felt that abortion wasn’tideal and maybe not even right. But it’s complicated to believe that when you’re a feminist, and it’s certainly not something you profess publicly. Who am I to presume to know what is right for another woman? Am I, as a feminist, willing to assert that abortion isn’t right? Would I not be robbing women of authority over their own personhood, something women have fought arduously for, for far too long? A year ago, I would have rather been caught barefoot in the kitchen, in an apron with red lipstick on my mouth, baking for all the boys, a caricature of the “problem without a name” rather than to be found in close proximity to the pro-life camp.

Working at a Pregnancy Resource Centerchanged all of this. This organization exists to offer women alternatives to abortion. The ultimate goal of a resource center is to see abortion made unthinkable to society. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my co-workers were kind, compassionate and thoughtful. They weren’t crazy, right wing fundamentalists. But I still found myself in apparent conflict with my values. As someone who defends women’s rights so definitively, wasn’t working at a place like this somehow backwards? I knew that working in a space that seemed antithetical to my ideology would not be sustainable. I’m not as naïve as I used to be; I don’t sophomorically aspire to love every aspect of what I do for work, but I can’t conceive of being in direct opposition to my values either. It all felt like an ethical dilemma. Every day, I thought, read, researched, pondered, inquired and conversed as I sought answers to my questions about abortion. I needed to know if I could truly support the organization I found myself a part of.

As I considered these issues in the last year, my perspective changed dramatically because I determined that abortion does not actually benefit women. I think that the first thing that we need to recognize when we engage the conversation surrounding the topic of abortion is that the dialogue has been very concretely set within the last forty years. We need to understand what is foundationally framing the issue before we interact with it. First, it has been engendered as a women’s issue. Second, it is highly politicized. Abortion is assumed to be predominantly political, it has been conversationally constructed to assume legislative discourse. Lastly, it is absolutely polarized. Individuals regarding this issue align themselves (politically) as pro-choice or pro-life. There is very little room for any wishy-washy in between.

I became convinced that when we acknowledge the way the abortion debate is framed in our culture, then we can understand why the debate is defined by so much dissonance. A person who is pro-choice is pro-woman and a person who is pro-life is pro-baby. And so depending on how you align yourself you’re either anti-baby or anti-woman. If you don’t situate yourself in either of these camps, you’re likely afraid of the abrasive nature of the discussion, or you’re bone-tired of the issue and an apathy-induced coma is how you masterfully avoid the topic.

But with an awareness of the framework we’re dealing with, we have the opportunity to start a new dialogue. Actually, I think it is incumbent upon us to change the conversation, addressing the topic from new and varied points of view. The conversation need not be first and foremost political. And the friction enshrouding abortion needs to be diminished. This requires that we really examine the nuts and bolts of the issue, turn it on its head and find new angles as entry points for discussion. The more I thought about abortion, the more it seemed possible that the shaping of abortion as a strictly women’s issue might be misguided. If the infrastructure that has been a crucial springboard for discourse is not sound, the entire conversation changes consequently, and for me, it began to dismantle.

In so much as this is a women’s issue, it seems that abortion actually oppresses women. Procedurally what abortion requires is the silencing of a woman’s body and the unmitigated dismissing of her gender. We’ve accepted abortion as a right that celebrates a woman’s ownership of her body. But the procedure necessarily requires that a woman deny her gender by silencing and disallowing a natural and distinguishing result of womanhood. In every other facet of feminism, we celebrate a woman’s body, we honor her identity as a female. But abortion ignores her femininity by demanding that a woman disregard her sex for the duration of the procedure. Do we, in actuality dehumanize women by propagating abortion as a choice while failing to recognize the inherently oppressive nature of the procedure?

What’s more, the reason a woman finds herself seeking out an abortion is that society holds her solely liable for pregnancy. What we’re really saying when we propagate “choice” is an unjust burden of absolute responsibility. The only choice being proffered is how to “deal with” the blame women, and only women incur for getting pregnant. Are we not further wronging women by viewing them as solely culpable with regard to the reproductive process?

Why are we letting men off the hook? Why are we comfortable with nullifying their responsibility in sexual engagement? Our society is not demanding that men take sexual responsibility, so we offer women a perceived “right” when in reality we hold her justly chargeable, thus allowing for men to be easily released from sexual obligation.

It also seems to me that abortion has a lot more to do with sex than we might have thought. Pornography, sexual crimes, and abuses against women cannot be disconnected from the issue of abortion. We cannot delineate between these things as easily as we always have. We have believed a lie that sex without consequences is a possibility. Don’t hear me saying, “You had sex, you got pregnant, you made your bed, now sleep in it.” That is notwhat I’m saying. What I am saying is that a sexually unhealthy society produces sexual misguidedness, violence and abortion. We learn to engage in disembodied sexuality which allows us to more easily dismiss our own holistic personhood, as well as the body of a child in the womb.

Sexual liberation has made slaves out of women, it has only perpetuated and glorified their objectification. The worst part is, these women think that they are free. We think that being subjugated sexually is our wild and provocative prerogative, when the sad fact is that we’re willingly giving our bodies to men who do not deserve them. We think that the “right to choose” is about deciding what happens to our bodies when really, the responsibilities of pregnancy are placed upon women. Pregnancy is often seen by culture as an inconvenient burden and an indicator of irresponsibility. This cultural perception results in the likelihood that women feel shamed over their potential loss of autonomy and blamed for their apparent carelessness.

Sex that is void of relationship, honor and respect is why we’re here, be it the woman who is raped or the teenager who gets pregnant. A misguided shaping of a healthy sexuality is precisely why we find ourselves in this circumstance. This is egregious. By tolerating or celebrating male sexual dominance in the media, in our homes and in culture we are passively promoting violence against women. We get upset when a child is raped, and we should, but our anger should be extended to a cultural of disordered sex, because all of these things are connected. The teenagers who engage in sexual relationships that are selfish and not wholly honoring of the person they are consorting with, or themselves, are an inseparable part of the same systemic problem that outrages us. Sexual violence is present in nearly every case of disembodied sexuality, male sexual dominance, and the denial of sexual consequences, and this violence includes abortion.

So, what do we do? First, we need to stop operating under the assumption that we know which lives are and which are not worth living. The child born to the drug addict or into a loving, healthy trust fund are equally deserving of opportunity. I’ve walked by mothers speaking cruelly to their children and felt sad for their children. I’ve thought that these people shouldn’t be parents. But just because a child is born into tragedy does not mean that his or her life is destined for a tragic ending. Regardless of circumstance, we as Christ followers must possess hope that any situation is redeemable. That’s what Jesus does, He redeems things.

And we get to be a part of the redemption. We are privileged to participate in the Kingdom of God by being bringers of hope and healing. To be honest, I’m a fledgling where this conversation is concerned. I have really only just opened the door on this issue, and while my thoughts have evolved with relative rapidity, my perspective on how we can be involved in the redemptive process is still being formed. My encouragements here are presented as just a beginning of a larger conversation. We can start by talking about the communal implications of sex and the concentric circles of sexuality that impact our culture. Let’s do this by more fully, educating our children about their whole personhood, sexuality included. Let’s examine how our sexuality impacts those closest to us, as well as our communities. Let’s get proactively involved in all the issues of life. We cannot be advocates for life and absent from the foster care system. We cannot advocate an abortion-free society and condemn unwed mothers. Let’s mobilize our churches to support young mothers and families. We must be bringers of life to the unborn and to the born.

This is a critical conversation because we have misguidedly adopted a polemical framework for how we discuss abortion. Maybe it’s time to begin questioning all of the assumptions surrounding this issue that have been made since its conception: that it’s a women’s issue, that it’s necessarily political, or that apathy is an acceptable response. This matters because it’s all life. The man whose sexual formation is incomplete and ridden with cultural values which ultimately dishonor his sexual wholeness directly impacts the woman with the similar disadvantages. And they both directly impact the children born into tragedy as well as the children who do not ever get a chance. We cannot disregard this issue. We can no longer allow for the continued unquestioned oppression of women to persist. We need to reclaim healthy sexuality for ourselves, our children, our communities and our culture. And we must defend the weak, the defenseless; the children who might not be born.


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1 posted on 01/18/2014 3:40:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Morgana; cherry; savagesusie

Ping.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 3:48:45 PM PST by thecodont
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To: nickcarraway

Did I miss the part about how she started at the crisis pregnancy center in the first place? I agree with what she says but I would have liked a bit more of her personal story. It would have made it more credible.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 3:50:23 PM PST by Mercat
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To: nickcarraway
The alternate to abortion:


4 posted on 01/18/2014 3:50:58 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Mercat

I agree it’s not clear, but I think she took it as a paying job, not as a volunteer.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 3:52:00 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

She talks about the male responsibility but that is
all taken away by abortion itself, a male has no way to
prevent a woman from aborting his baby, with the
exception of marriage and that too is up to the
woman. Yet if she decides to carry it to term,
then HE is held responsible. It should work both
ways.
Abortion should not be political, is murder political?


6 posted on 01/18/2014 4:10:19 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68
Abortion should not be political, is murder political?

Pretty much everything in public discourse is political since the '60s.

7 posted on 01/18/2014 4:12:03 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

to leftists everything is political


8 posted on 01/18/2014 4:13:22 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nickcarraway

Men have benefited the most from abortion. This author makes a good point about that. Too bad the feminists are blinded to that aspect that they have empowered men and women have become sexual objects the opposit of what feminists intended.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 4:17:03 PM PST by RginTN
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To: nickcarraway
society holds her solely liable for pregnancy.

What?!?! What universe does she live in?

10 posted on 01/18/2014 4:22:40 PM PST by DManA
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To: nickcarraway
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No thanks.

11 posted on 01/18/2014 4:24:01 PM PST by PAR35
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To: GeronL
to leftists everything is political

Yes. Basically, if a particular topic or subject can't be used to gain a political advantage over one's enemies, it isn't worth discussing, learning about, or thinking about.

Since so much of physical reality is apolitical, leftists have invented all kinds of ways of investing political meaning where it doesn't exist.

Obvious example: firearms.

By making guns into a political subject, they divert attention away from the subject of criminal behavior. They have to do this because any discussion of criminal behavior must inevitably drift into areas that are not helpful to the goal of promulgating left-wing dogma.

12 posted on 01/18/2014 4:29:05 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: nickcarraway
I think this woman is pretty representative of many who have always said they were pro-choice. They find themselves unable to continue to hold that view when they get “up close and personal” to the abortion industry. They begin to see that the propaganda about how the baby is an “nonviable mass of tissue” and that abortion is a simple surgical procedure is an absolute lie that fails to address either the psychological and physiological effects an abortion has on a woman. I think the trial of Dr. Gosnell opened the eyes of many because he was so cavalier about killing babies who had survived a late-term abortion.
13 posted on 01/18/2014 4:31:30 PM PST by srmorton (Deut. 30 19: "..I have set before you life and death,....therefore, choose life..")
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To: nickcarraway
I determined that abortion does not actually benefit women.

Doesn't work wonders for the kid either.

14 posted on 01/18/2014 4:55:29 PM PST by stevem
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To: stevem

so true


15 posted on 01/18/2014 4:56:20 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nickcarraway
Sexual liberation has made slaves out of women, it has only perpetuated and glorified their objectification.

I'm glad she's finally recognized this. It cannot be said enough: at-will legal abortion is a man's ultimate "sexism" against women.

16 posted on 01/18/2014 5:02:31 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: nickcarraway
But abortion ignores her femininity by demanding that a woman disregard her sex for the duration of the procedure.

So does contraception. That's why they go together. They both require that women accept that being female is a disorder.

17 posted on 01/18/2014 5:03:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (Tell the mad chameleon he's not welcome anymore.)
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To: nickcarraway

I am glad she has awakened to the evil of abortion, but she really needs to work on her hatred of men.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 5:23:30 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: RginTN
This book is absolutely fascinating. I had NO idea such women existed.

And these are not brainwashed dupes either.

One of a few books that completely changed my thinking on the subject.

Probably why it's hard to find.

19 posted on 01/18/2014 5:35:06 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: nickcarraway

eve when they seem to be on our side, i just cannot tolerate feminists. it’s still all about hating men, blaming men, why cant you agree with me that men suck, and are responsible for everything bad in womens lives...?

in the end you just want to get away.


20 posted on 01/18/2014 5:39:00 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: GeronL

and to feminists everything has to be a guys’ fault. somehow. they’ll figure out how to pin it on men somehow.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 5:40:51 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: RginTN

gimme a break. what crapola. men are powerless in the decision. tell that to the guys who wanted their kids and the woman aborted. or thgeguys who didnt even know about the abortion until finding out later, sometimes years later.


22 posted on 01/18/2014 5:42:31 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

I agree


23 posted on 01/18/2014 5:42:42 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: DManA

willfully ignorant of real life and ‘family’ court.


24 posted on 01/18/2014 5:43:05 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: workerbee

the people demanding and marching and organizing for abortion were in way overwhelming majority, women. not guys. you wanted your sexual freedom. well you got it. now that you’re sour about it you blame men - scotus and other lawmakers - for giving you what you wanted.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 5:45:51 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: boop

pro-life feminism: we like babies but still blame men for everything wrong in our lives.


26 posted on 01/18/2014 5:47:14 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Think about it, abortion frees men of 18 years of child support. Men may be powerless when it comes to a woman aborting their child but they do benefit the most from abortion.


27 posted on 01/18/2014 5:54:03 PM PST by RginTN
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To: Secret Agent Man

I can only surmise that you were a man whose woman had an abortion despite your objections, or without your knowledge. That’s sad and I’m sorry for you. But if you think that’s the typical scenario, you are naive.


28 posted on 01/18/2014 6:24:20 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: tet68
Abortion should not be political, is murder political?

Maybe we should ask Brian Terry and Ambassador Stevens.

29 posted on 01/18/2014 6:27:14 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: RginTN

i would say the women benefits more. we’re always told raising a kid is harder than what the guy does at work to support the kid. so the women is free from raising a kid for 18 years. and we’re told that’s harder than the guy’s job and merely forking money over to pay for the kid.


30 posted on 01/18/2014 6:29:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: workerbee

that did not happen to me. i can empathize with guys that have had that happen because this pc-libtard society has made men powerless and made being a guy illegal/verboten from day one in the govt indoctrination centers thru college and beyond. all the while claiming they have all the power, too much power, and are the cause for everything bad that happens to women and anyone else.


31 posted on 01/18/2014 6:32:37 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: tet68

Illogical. The child is an innocent. The child has two parents. Once born the child should be supported by both parents.

If men don not want babies then keep it zipped.


32 posted on 01/18/2014 6:43:42 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Secret Agent Man
i can empathize with guys that have had that happen

That miniscule minority needs empathy. But it is, indeed, miniscule. Besides, to the responsible men who really do care about such an issue, it isn't an issue, because they aren't impregnated women casually in the first place. And if they are... well, then, as I said before, abortion is the ultimate sexism.

33 posted on 01/18/2014 6:49:34 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s interesting that she’s looking for a different conversation, but anytime you suggest that abortion isn’t good for women, the pro-abortion folks start howling that you’re ‘anti-woman’. It will be hard to get that conversation past that point, but it would be a good idea.


34 posted on 01/18/2014 8:30:26 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Secret Agent Man

i would say the women benefits more. we’re always told raising a kid is harder than what the guy does at work to support the kid. so the women is free from raising a kid for 18 years. and we’re told that’s harder than the guy’s job and merely forking money over to pay for the kid.


Hope you don’t see my critique is man bashing when its feminist bashing. The feminists want to be just like men but the feminist movement has harmed women.


35 posted on 01/18/2014 8:39:50 PM PST by RginTN
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To: nickcarraway

I am a knuckle dragger with a libertarian bent so I originally didn’t care about abortion too much when I was younger. Our second child miscarried several years ago and I still get choked up. I just knew it was a girl and wanted daddy’s little girl so much. I would have given her the world. she will never play or feel the sun. I would trade my life for hers. How anyone can kill their child is beyond me,


36 posted on 01/18/2014 9:47:52 PM PST by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: MattinNJ

Bflr.


37 posted on 01/18/2014 10:33:24 PM PST by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby. LIFB.)
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To: RginTN

it has harmed women.

i would go as far to say the entire sexual revolution has harmed a whole lot of women AND men. and divided them further rather than bringing them closer.


38 posted on 01/18/2014 11:06:43 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: workerbee

i hardly think women will agree with you when they control the decision, they find it self-empowering, and it allows them a sexual lifestyle many, many do want to have, as they believe it equals the playing field.

if it’s sexism it’s the only sexism that women demanded the right to have. and still want today.


39 posted on 01/18/2014 11:09:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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>> the way the abortion debate is framed in our culture

No woman’s sense self-worth should be elevated by having the right to kill.


40 posted on 01/18/2014 11:12:59 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Nifster

Why should the perogative be with the woman?
If both are responsible then both should have
an interest, as it stands now the male only
has an interest if the child is born while
the female may choose to abort or carry
inspite of the wishes of the male.


41 posted on 01/18/2014 11:26:33 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yep. Saw this years ago....”we had a sexual revolution and the women lost.” The two biggest weapons were abortion/contraception and no-fault divorce. They were sold as empowerment tools to women by the feminists and faux-feminist men. In reality all they did was free men of responsibility.


42 posted on 01/19/2014 2:50:33 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: bjorn14

EVERYBODY LOST NOT JUST WOMEN. look at the friggin state we’re all in. diseases, lies, unhappiness, distrust, certainly not love.


43 posted on 01/19/2014 9:04:40 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nickcarraway
I'm sorry to inform you, Ma'am, that you CANNOT abort this child.

It seems you are, somehow, carrying a BALD EAGLE to term - not a human.




I'd like to thank the United States Government for protecting me and my kind.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
You see, 40 years ago, my odds of making it out of the egg, alive, were very poor; about 80% of us died. 
 (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=rachel-carson-silent-spring-1972-ddt-ban-birds-thrive)
 
 
But a lady discovered our plight and wrote a book that addressed our problem,
and, in 1972, a law was ammended protecting us even further. (http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/protect/laws.html)
 
 
 
 
 
 
What I find strange is that the same government passed a law the very next year that allowed for killing
of unborn, and apparently unwanted, humans.  Little ones still nestled safely in their Mother's womb.
Around 25% of them are dying before birth - on average nearly 3,300 - every day of the year.
 
 
I hear that by now, somewhere around 55 MILLION of them have perished.
Wouldn't that kind of mess up the humans plans for growth, and welfare, and
retirement?
 
 
 
 
 
Strange birds; these Homo Sapiens.  Perhaps they'll come to their senses
before they are ALL dead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

44 posted on 01/19/2014 11:15:37 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: tet68

why ask me... I put the responsibility on the man... if he doesn’t want children keep it zipped


45 posted on 01/19/2014 1:29:51 PM PST by Nifster
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To: tet68

apparently you think once a child is born that BOTH parents aren’t responsible...you are not only legally incorrect you are also morally incorrect...

again I say if you don’t want children keep it zipped. If you want children get married and behave like an adult not like some animal in heat


46 posted on 01/19/2014 1:31:22 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Sorry you misunderstood, I believe both are responsible
and both have rights.
Glad to clear that up for you.


47 posted on 01/19/2014 3:36:00 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: workerbee
It may not be typical but it is not uncommon. You may be the naïve one if you think abortions are mostly goaded by the men involved. Women typically get abortions for their own reasons, not because a man wants them to, and seldom turn away from the decision to abort just because the man is opposed.

Surveys have shown that among the primary reasons for abortion are problems in the relationship, as identified by the mother.

48 posted on 01/19/2014 9:22:33 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: workerbee
It may not be typical but it is not uncommon. You may be the naïve one if you think abortions are mostly goaded by the men involved. Women typically get abortions for their own reasons, not because a man wants them to, and seldom turn away from the decision to abort just because the man is opposed.

Surveys have shown that among the primary reasons for abortion are problems in the relationship, as identified by the mother.

49 posted on 01/19/2014 9:22:34 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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It may not be typical but it is not uncommon. You may be the naïve one if you think abortions are mostly goaded by the men involved. Women typically get abortions for their own reasons, not because a man wants them to, and seldom turn away from the decision to abort just because the man is opposed.

Surveys have shown that among the primary reasons for abortion are problems in the relationship, as identified by the mother.

50 posted on 01/19/2014 9:22:35 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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