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Abortion: More Numbers

March 18, 2008

I know of people whose entire voting record is built on this one issue. Nothing else matters as long as the person will help make abortion illegal. Now don’t get me wrong, I am finishing a project to help the local Pregnancy Resource Center. Our fellowship donates financially each month to assist in the work.

We don’t want to see babies die, I don’t want to see babies die, that is why I am involved. But guess what, I think what the Pregnancy Resource Center is doing works and will be more affective than any laws passed on the books. The center connects these scared and confused women with mentors who can help walk them through the process.

We partner with the group in our job skills training so that these women can secure better paying jobs. But here is another statistic that for me makes me question the legal route. Out of the 46 million abortions performed per year close to half take place in countries where abortion is either restricted or prohibited by law.

Did you hear that? In countries with laws in place a woman is almost as likely to get an abortion. I realize that without knowing the numbers it may just be that more countries don’t allow abortion but 20 million is still a lot.

I think it is a lot easier to get votes and try to make something illegal. It takes a lot more work to get involved in a young scared woman’s life, a woman who is thinking of abortion.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Talulah permalink
    March 18, 2008 4:51 pm

    Interestingly, studies indicate that abortion rates are higher in countries where abortion is illegal. It correlates to decreased access to comprehensive sex ed for teens and access to birth control.

    Certainly, I mourn for the preborn, but I’m starting to think it makes more sense to be glad that abortion is legal, and work to prevent abortions through giving out condoms on the street corner and working toward decreasing poverty. It seems the most realistic approach to decreasing the number of abortions.

  2. March 18, 2008 6:21 pm

    What absolutely drives me crazy is that many who are “Pro-Choice” are called “Pro-Abortion” by the Pro-Lifers out there.

    Nobody I know of is “Pro-Baby Killing”. We just seem to have a different means to solve the abortion process.

    Maybe much of it has to do with the economy. It shouldn’t be a black & white issue.

  3. March 19, 2008 2:40 am

    Hey, your blog has popped up a few times lately on one of my Google alerts. I find your engagement and activism on the issue of choice refreshingly nuanced, even though I myself identify as pro-choice.

    Fringe activists on the “pro-life” side do a lot of damage to their cause when they forget about the economic, social, and cultural realities that surround child-bearing in general, and by extension, women choosing whether or not it is wise to continue a pregnancy. “Giving out condoms on the street corner and working toward decreasing poverty” are rational, humane, and genuinely pro-life activities. Seeking to ban birth control, attacking women who have had abortions, and describing pregnancy as deserved punishment for having sex…those don’t seem so “pro-life” to me. However, the loudest rhetoric out there is from that second group.

  4. March 19, 2008 3:09 pm

    Thanks for stopping in and adding to the discussion.

    At times I think it is less about saving babies and more about having villains.

  5. jennifer permalink
    April 10, 2008 3:09 pm

    Your last comment response is spot on. It gets that way – we all judge first, think second…. maybe.

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