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    Sunday, January 22, 2006

    The Abortion Problem: Will Saletan has a well-argued piece on the problem with abortion in today's New York Times:

    Roe is 33 years old today. It freed us from ham-fisted criminal laws that pretended to solve the abortion problem. But it didn't solve the problem, and it never will. It gave us the opportunity - and the challenge - to help women exercise choice before, not after, fetal development. In the moral arc of history, abortion was a step forward from infanticide. Abortion pills that act early in pregnancy are the next step, followed by morning-after pills, which prevent implantation. The ultimate destination is contraception or abstinence.

    Her argues that it's time for the Pro-Choice movement to stop "hunkering down" behind abortion and start focusing on promoting the other choices available to prevent pregnancy. That seems like good advice, and one that it would behoove organizations like Planned Parenthood to take.

    Just last week, I advised one of my uninsured patients that she could probably get her birth control pills a lot cheaper if she went to Planned Parenthood, but she told me she had already gone there and found them more expensive than if she bought them herself at the pharmacy. It made me wonder if Planned Parenthood has completely abandoned its mission of helping women to prevent pregnancy to concentrate more on political activism and elimiinating existing pregnancies. Or maybe they've just become a business rather than a charity.

    posted by Sydney on 1/22/2006 12:42:00 PM 2 comments


    Sorry, but historically infanticide was imposed on women by their husbands...
    One suspects many abortions are because the men refused to help, although more ironically, most that I saw coerced into abortion was by their mothers...

    By Blogger boinky, at 7:42 AM  

    I couldn't agree more that Planned Parenthood seems to be more about abortion than about family planning.

    But what is this nonsense about a progression from infanticide to abortion to the morning after pill to contraception and abstinence? The pill (contraception) preceded Roe v. Wade. if the pill had lived up to its potential, we could have skipped over abortion in the "moral arc" and gone straight for contraception. There would have been no need for Roe v. Wade.

    This is the point I cannot get past regarding abortion. Even if I accept that abortion is necessary killing, it remains needless killing. With the pill, and abstinence, abortion should rarely be necessary. We have over a million abortions a year in this country. It seems like such an unnecessary waste.

    I will blog more about this topic on my site this week.

    By Anonymous mchebert, at 12:06 AM  

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