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Obama and the Mexico City policy

Steven Waldman and David Gibson list a bunch of data from a group called Third Way that attempts to prove that lifting the so-called gag rule, which would allow U.S. dollars to go to clinics in developing countries that perform abortions (among a range of health care services), would actually reduce the number of abortions. The data makes a fascinating and complex argument. 

Gibson asks, “Will any of this satisfy pro-lifers?” He answers: “Probably not.” 
Well, it satisfies this pro-lifer. And I hope others will read closely, and consider carefully. These same facts relate to domestic policies, too–if we’re serious about caring for the unborn, then we also have to be serious about caring for women. 
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posted January 24, 2009 at 2:05 am

Because a woman can conceive this doesn’t take away her choices.Past endeavours for a woman to obtain an”illegal,”abortion often led to death or botched to the point that left irreparable health problems.Sad to say,birth control isn’t readily available in some countries.Birth control isn’t fail safe and doesn’t always work.Just as a person’s vow of abstinence is respected,so should be respected,the choice of intimacy.Before abortion should become an option,education,access to health care,and affordable living standards must be addressed.In some countries where there is already strife,poverty and lack of jobs,having an unwanted child becomes a burden.As much as we shouldn’t judge,so should we not turn our backs to a solution that will enable clinics to function in developing countries.Unless those,”that have,”share,nothing will change.

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posted January 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Prevention of pregnancy by use of birth control is obviously preferable to an abortion. However it isn’t fool proof and women are entitled to a choice of whether to continue a pregnancy or not.

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