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09 July 2008 @ 07:08 pm
"Abortion debate ignores impact on child poverty."

I think there are a few bad assumptions in this article.  First, the author assumes that if abortion were made illegal, there would be no change in the number of unplanned pregnancies, and that all unplanned pregnancies would be carried to term. More likely most people would be more careful about their birth control methods (not to suggest that most women who get abortions use it as their only line of defense against unplanned pregnancies--but the fact of the matter is that half of women who get abortions weren't using birth control at the time they got pregnant), and so the number of unplanned pregnancies would decrease. Also more likely that at least some of the women who had unplanned pregnancies would seek out illegal abortions. The number of additional children born each year if abortion became illegal would be much fewer than the author suggests. The second bad (and repulsively classist) assumption is that children are better off dead than poor.

But the reminder of the connection between abortion and poverty, and the work that pro-lifers need to do not to shame women into keeping their babies, but to help make sure that they have the emotional and financial resources to take care of a child, is an important one.
Kibbles: Freak Magnet Violent Femmeskibbles on July 9th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
What I've seen out here is pro-life groups DISCOURAGING having the child to KEEP, but really push adoption. The materials my daughter was sent home from school pushed how expensive babies were and how wonderful adoption was. Not one piece of material (we had A.O. education here) put keeping the baby for yourself as an option.
Goodbye My Boygoodbyemyboy on July 9th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in finding out how prevelant that sort of thing is. I'm glad that adoption is an available choice, but more respect needs to be paid to the fact that it is a choice, and a difficult one, and not one that a mother should feel pressed into because she has no other options, any more than abortion.