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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Abortion rights for "women"

From today's Oregonian, we learn where Oregon's gubernatorial candidates stand on various measures on the fall ballot. Among these is Measure 43, which would require parental notification before a minor child could have an abortion.

In the story, it says Republican Ron Saxton supports the measure. As for Democrat incumbent Ted Kulongoski?
Kulongoski opposes the measure as an abridgment of a woman's unfettered right to have an abortion.
That's a funny position to take, considering we're not talking about "women." We're talking about girls -- 15-, 16- and 17-year-old girls.

If you think this distinction is splitting hairs, go walk the halls of your nearest high school and tell me how many girls you can find that qualify as "women." Tell me how you explain to her parents that they shouldn't know -- ahead of time -- about their daughter's elective surgery.

And that's not even counting the fact that the United States Supreme Court has ruled there is no such thing as an "unfettered right to have an abortion." Restrictions like parental notification, the Court said, are perfectly legal and appropriate.


  • At 9/22/2006 9:19 AM, Blogger aus blog said…

    Over 3,500 terminations per day, 1.3 MILLION per year in the United States alone.
    50 or 60 MILLION per year World Wide.

    I am a pro-lifer who has no religious convictions at all . I didn't need the fear of god or anything else to come to my decision, just a good sence of what is right and wrong.
    You see we were all once a fetus. Is it beyond the realm of possibilities that when your mother first learned she was carrying you, she may have considered her options? What if she had decided to terminate? Would that have been OK?
    You would not exist, if you have children they would not exist, and your (husband or wife) would be married to someone else. You would have been deprived of all your experiences and memories. In this day and age with terminations being so readily available and so many being carried out, if you make it to full term
    you can consider yourself lucky. Lucky you had a mother that made the choice of life for you. Don't you think they all deserve the same basic human right, LIFE?
    I'm all for contraception, prevention is certainly better than termination.
    Did you know you can get an implant that is safe, 99.9% effective, and lasts for three years? Just think girls not even a show for three years, wouldn't that be great? I think too many people rely too heavily on the last option (abortion), I think if abortions weren't so readily available people would manage their reproductive system far better resulting in a fraction of the number of unwanted pregnancies.
    World wide there are over 50 MILLION aborted pregnancies each year. In America 3,500 terminations carried out every day, that's over 1.3 million every year, 50% of all cases CLAIMED that birth control had been used, 48% admitted they took no precaution, and 2% had a medical reason. That's a stagering 98% could have been prevented had an effective birth control been used. Don't get me wrong, I suspect the percentages in Australia would be much the same.
    Just a lot of unnessessary killing.
    I am convinced that in the not too distant future, people will look back at many of the practices of today with disbelief and horror.

    At the point of conception is when life began for you. This was the start of your existance. Your own personal big bang. Three weeks after conception heart started to beat. First brain waves recorded at six weeks after conception. Seen sucking thumb at seven weeks after conception.


  • At 9/23/2006 9:21 PM, Blogger aus blog said…

    UPDATE- At this point in time there are 1.3 million couples in America looking to adopt.....that is scary...

  • At 10/06/2006 8:08 PM, Blogger aus blog said…

    World estimations of the number of terminations carried out each year is somewhere between 20 and 88 million.

    3,500 per day / 1.3 million per year in America alone.

    50% of that 1.3 million claimed failed birth control was to blame.

    A further 48% had failed to use any birth control at all.

    And 2% had medical reasons.

    That means a stagering 98% may have been avoided had an effective birth control been used.


  • At 11/22/2006 7:46 PM, Blogger aus blog said…

    If you think the point of conception is NOT when life begins, and all you have is a clump of cells and not a living human being.
    Then at least concider this -

    Soon after you were conceived you were no more than a clump of cells.
    This clump of cells was you at your earliest stage, you had plenty of growing to do but this clump of cells was you none the less. Think about it.
    Aren't you glad you were left unhindered to develope further.
    Safe inside your mother's womb until you were born.


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