Unsafe abortions kill 70,000 per year

Natalie - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2...

This article illustrates the fear I have about restricting the availability of legal abortions in the US. Women in a desperate position might take great risks that end in their death. When abortion is made illegal, untrained doctors operating out of illegal and unsterile environments pop up. Women may attempt to self-induce abortion through ingestion of toxic substances or physical trauma. It would just be another step back towards the dark ages.

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Ez - posted on 10/15/2009

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The prospect of any woman, anywhere, having to suffer through a backyard abortion in this day and age is deplorable. The fact that 70,000 desperate women die every year because someone else tells her what to do with her uterus and her family is beyond shameful. And it absolutely would happen in our Western cultures if abortion was made illegal. Outlawing abortion will not stop women choosing to terminate their pregnancies. It will simply send them underground, to unsafe, unsterile environments with butchers who want to play doctor and charge like a wounded bull for the privilege. The very thought of it turns my stomach....

And I'd just like to reiterate Diana's sentiment of "even those of us who support a woman's right to have that choice don't *want* more abortions-we just don't want children to come into the world unwanted and untaken care of, or women to die out of desperation and fear." I may not make a decision to abort for myself, but I will remain staunchly pro-choice for the women who don't have a voice.

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I can't believe that the 13 major contraceptive companies have now eliminated their R&D departments. That's totally mind-boggling. What, do they think we have this all figured out now?



I'm glad this article points to the larger issues of unavailable contraceptives. A lot of times that gets lost in the debate about whether abortion should be legal or no. But I think it's important to put a focus on making contraceptives available so that fewer women need or want to have abortions. Because even those of us who support a woman's right to have that choice don't *want* more abortions-we just don't want children to come into the world unwanted and untaken care of, or women to die out of desperation and fear.

Jodi - posted on 10/14/2009

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I totally agree with everyone else. I personally wouldn't have an abortion, but I will argue the right to be able to make that choice should it every need to be an option, and I will argue that all women have the right to make this choice for themselves.



Having studied Anthropology at University, I have done a lot of reading about various cultural practices and laws. The lack of ability for safe abortion is a tragedy. In many instances, people choose to risk an illegal abortion for the simple reason that they cannot possibly feed another mouth. I read one account (true story, BTW) of a woman in India who already had 6 children and found herself pregnant again. Pregnant with a baby she couldn't feed, she was already struggling to feed the family she had because her husband was out of work. She snuck off to have an abortion, only her friend knew. She did not tell her family. She never returned home, just completely disappeared. It was assumed her abortion went wrong. Heartbreaking, and unnecessary.



I agree with Natalie that if abortion were restricted in the US (or any other Western Country for that matter), this type of thing is exactly what will happen. You may also see an increase in child abuse, infantcide, and other child-related crimes.



Availability of contraception is definitely a major priority, and helps avoid the necessity for increased abortions. Sure, it won't stop every unwanted pregnancy, because there is always a slight risk, and there are always those who don't use it properly. But it is certainly a HUGE step in the right direction. Well done for reinstating the funding, Obama!

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Tracy - posted on 10/14/2009

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I totally agree with the other posts. I personally could'nt do it myself but women should be able to abort in a safe environment.

Sharon - posted on 10/14/2009

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I agree. I do not ever want to have an abortion but I think I would under the right(?) circumstances. I will fight forever and a day to keep that option open to me and other women.



For whatever reason a woman wants one. Its not for me to decide and it sure as hell isn't up to the government.

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