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Tuesday, November 21, 2006



Bush, I've heard that accusation more often than I can count. Not one pro lifer has been able to come up with an accurate count, much less find one woman who admits she does so. IMHO: Whatever choice the woman makes to deal with an unwanted pregnancy is responsible. Wether or not you approve is irrelevent because it's the call of each individual woman - not yours.


Does it not bother you that women use abortion as birth control? Since the legalization of abortion the rate of STDs have skyrocketed. Killing babies is not a responsible decision that you all seem to think it is.


Far too many people use contraception improperly - men and women. To compound the problem, the Bush Administration's insistance on pushing "abstinence ONLY until marriage" fear-based programs are turning out a generation of kids who are completely ignorant about contraception.


Maybe I'm missing something, but what always strikes me about these surveys are the number of women who become pregnant unintentionally while using a form of birthcontrol. It just seems odd that the solution is "more birth control" when obviously birth control isn't erasing unintended pregnancies.

Now, I know it could be attributed to women being a bit less than truthful about their contraceptive choices(it's hard to walk into a room and say you're not using condoms), but it really seems to indicate a problem with the contraceptives prevent abortion argument.


Moiv, I also hope the Dems get off their butts and do something too. But you know what's gonna happen. The Repubs will scream about "welfare queens" getting federal dollars and they will raise false concerns about family planning funding possibly going to fund abortion clinics. Then they will use this to whip up their socially conservative base and make political hay in 2008. Sex should be beautiful, but far too often it's just a political football, a tool to pander for votes.

Jess - getting males more involved in issues of family planning starts at home with dads telling their sons girls are to be treated with respect, not as sperm collection devices. The attitudes of some men being what they are, this education will probably be left to the schools - again. Boys get mixed messages about sex too, so much of popular culture in general, and America's culture of machismo in particular tells boys girls are just there to be used.

Plus women's groups are wary of men getting involved because of fears the men will try to "take over" and start "dictating" to women what to do.

Dawn L

One thing I have to say about the report and end information, it is very detailed and impressive. I am frustrated that data cannot be complete as reporting is difficult for women and with issues from the states. I find it interesting that issues such as poverty, race, and education were factors in 2nd and subsequent abortions. Still, the face of abortion (if I read the charts correctly) is white most of the time. My own home state had over 10,000 abortions in 2002, wow.

I do find one issue that is not at all addressed in this report (and probably not appropriate) that I would be curious to have resolved. It would be the satisfaction rates of women who had "unintended" or "unplanned" pregnancies and went on to have abortions by choice (not including ectopic or miscarriage) vs. women who decided to deliver. In other words, the satisfaction/regret factor. It would also be interesting to look at the social/educational/career/financial changes after such decision...to abort or birth in an "unintended" or "unplanned" pregnancy. I will say, as I wrote before, none of my pregnancies were unwanted even if I didn't plan them. My husband and I have taken the "whatever happens happens" approach, so technically we didn't intend to have five children, but we have been happy to have all of these children. The only time I did have a moment of "oh no, I'm pregnant" it was temporary. I wanted that baby very much. I ended up having the baby die spontaneously and had a d&e a week later. Only once did we actually chart in order to plan getting pregnant (or actively try). I have a hard time looking at all the reported unplanned pregnancies as a crisis, as we don't know how the women perceive the end result.

Dawn L

Wow, this saddens me. All of my children were "intended" but only one was truly planned. I wish people realized the value of a new baby. We are relatively rich because we live in a richer nation, but are struggling financially. Each of my five born are valued and were never in danger of chosen abortion. The ones I miscarried were also wanted, and would not interfere with my life but would add to it.

As someone who has been and currently is considered low income (less than $40,000/yr with five children at home), I take a different stand. I don't think my children should be aborted in this circumstance.

I also believe that our govt. should not be in the business of paying for birth control or paying for abortions. The govt. didn't pay for my care after my miscarriages...


I haven't been through the whole site, so consider this a comment of the moment. Perhaps this has been discussed.

What strikes me about a great deal of family-planning and abortion discussion is the absence of the voices of men involved in abortion. It's a glaring omission on the whole. If there were more accountability/responsibility at all stages of sexual activity on the part of sexually active men, what a different situation we would find ourselves in.

For the record, I have had TWO male partners with four abortions each to their credit. They had little to say on the subject. They were both grudging about wearing condoms, too.

Problematic, no doubt about it.


"We’re failing to prevent abortions because we’re letting down women in the greatest need."

I get sick to death of hearing women blamed for unintended pregnancies or repeat abortions by people who have no idea of how hard it can be for a woman to afford birth control. When a woman is down to her last $50, and must decide between a pack of pills or groceries for her children, the choice is no choice at all: her kids aren't going to bed hungry.

As providers of abortion care, we know how challenging it can be for our patients to access affordable family planning services. Here in Texas, the legislature defunded family planning clinics by tens of millions of dollars in 2005.

At the national level, it is my opinion that this has not come about through accident or from lack of oversight and analysis. The most tragic aspect of the current situation is that it is the intended result of deliberately formulated policies.

We must not permit a majority-Democratic Congress to let this sad state of affairs continue to blight the lives of low-income women and their families.


That IS a tragedy. Thanks for this.

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