I've always wished we could have an honest and sane discussion on abortion.
It is my belief that a compassionate and just society makes it possible for women to both bear and raise the children they conceive.
This idea that women are just casually getting abortions is simply not true.
Many many years ago I read "In a Different Voice" by Carol Gilligan that is about how the way women make moral decisions is different than men. The book was not about abortion, though she used women making decisions about abortion as an example of how women make decisions.
But what struck me was how many women ended up getting abortions to keep men in their lives, who were needed to support the children they already had.
People think feminism is responsible for abortion but it seems to me if women were more independent, they'd be able to have and raise their children.
So you can't get rigid "pro-life" (really who is anti-life?) people to discuss abortion in a sane way and you can't really get feminists to discuss it either because they are so desperately trying to keep it safe, legal and available. Which I understand.
I wish pro-life people would understand that trying to forbid abortion does not solve anything, it only makes things worse. And I wish pro-choice people could talk about the fact that we are discussing life and there is a violence and a loss for women who must make this choice.
It's like there are only two ways of looking at abortion, abortion is the equivalent of Hitler killing Jews, or it's just removal of unwanted tissue. Both these view points is harmful to women and harmful to society.
I won't post any links to the Gosnell case. If you haven't heard about it you can Google it. He was a butcher who took advantage of poor women. Period. And now he's the poster boy for the argument that there is a pro-abortion, left wing media conspiracy because the press didn't pay much attention. The truth is nobody ever pays attention to poor women.
People don't like the idea of late term abortions, but these are the result of lack of money and access to health care to detect pregnancy and to earlier abortions.
Then women get desperate and they go to butchers like Gosnell.
This is what happened before abortion was legal and it's going to happen more as more states make end runs around the constitution to block access to safe legal abortions. And unfortunately the way the "left wing" media has played into anti-abortion's narrative of this case, this is just going to make it worse.