Thursday, June 5, 2008

Viewpoint: How Making Abortion Illegal Doesn't End Abortion

This piece, forwarded to me by a friend, is an amazing and yet short piece. It is one man's take, as a retired-gynecologist, on the problem with making abortion illegal. I often think the hanger symbol doesn't capture today's youth. Maybe they just haven't heard from the right people.

Have the views you may, you can't deny that this guy is right: abortion is going to happen no matter what the law is. The only way to ensure the safety of all is to legalize (and really to stop demonizing and pushing it to clinics instead of a procedure available in every doctor's office and hospital) abortion. As Mr. Fielding says:

It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days.
Reminder: pro-choice just means that you agree with the availability of a safe and medically secure procedure for those who wish to pursue it. Supporting and defending Roe is of utmost importance. Mr. Fielding said it best himself:
What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such.



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