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Marilee J. Layman

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04:23 pm: Abortion
I've been pro-choice as long as I can remember; surely as long as I knew what abortion was. But in Tuesday's WashPost Health section, an article talking about how hard it is to get abortion doctors these days has some 2005 data from the CDC.

In 2005, there were 1.2 million abortions in the US, compared to 341K appendectomies, 398K gall bladder removals, and 575K hysterectomies.

Nearly one in three women will have an abortion by age 45.

87 percent of counties in the US have no abortion services (we have one in my city, just down the road).

And abortion providers decreased by 1121 between 1982 and 2005.

In my opinion, this is too few providers, and too many abortions.

I don't believe that most women want to get pregnant and then have an abortion. Some do, because the baby will be damaged and not live. But most get pregnant accidently and then have the abortion. We need to get birth control methods into their hands, and keep the religious folk from making so many women have abortions. Abstinence is impossible for most, and you can't blame the women and not the men. (Let's see that happen in the health reform!)



Date:September 3rd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)


This info needs to get out. I find the prospect of American culture changing into something where back alley abortions have come back because they are necessary to be extremely frightening. And the best way in the world of preventing abortions is to make birth control (including the "morning after" pill) so easy that anybody can get it. Failing that, we need to get to a place that one can get an abortion no matter what county you live in. I don't know how to get there.

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Date:September 4th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)

Re: Pro-choice

Your entirely justified outrage seems to have run away with you a bit.
I was absolutely enraged that he saw fit to dictate to me, a married woman, what my family planning options were.

Did you really mean to imply that it would have been ok for him to dictate options for an unmarried woman?
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