Abortion news of the day:

South Dakota lawmakers yesterday approved the nation’s most far-reaching ban on abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the federal government can ban what opponents call “partial birth” abortion

Something seems terribly awry in all this abortion madness, and the worst part is there are two camps who can’t seem to communicate in order to find a workable compromise. I propose a national abortion convention where representatives from the various groups meet and attempt to define a workable strategy for women’s health and abortion procedures in this country. How else are we going to move forward?



can you imagine how quickly such a conference would turn ugly–“baby killers” vs. “Jesus freaks”, etc.

Both sides think they are absolutely right. I’m not sure it’s ever going to end, as it stands now. I’m squarely in one camp myself….basically – it’s my body, don’t force me to host a parasite for 9 months unless I want to.
(And I obviously did want to, twice.)
No, there is no compromise, as far as I’m concerned. I’m not keen on forcing women to give up their right to bodily integrity.

Clearly if the two camps are represented by “abortions for everyone all the time” vs. “no abortions ever” then yes, I agree there’s no compromise.
But I don’t think it’s that’s black and white. Hence the Pro-Child/Pro-Family/Pro-Choice bumper stickers you see around.
There’s got to be some way to please the majority of the pro-lifers with clearly worded exceptions for woman’s health, rape, incest, and perhaps timing, and for the pro-choicers there’s got to be some way to maintain the right to choose while making some prodcedures impermissible. If only for the PR value. The pro-choice side is not winning any fans with pro-lifers going around describing Intact Dilation and Extraction and equating it with abortion.
I’m not talking about pleasing everyone and I don’t believe all rights are absolute. As it stands, the abortion debate is so heated because there’s a conflict of rights (between woman and child) that somehow needs resolution. And the only way I can see that happening is through mediated dialog between the different sides.
Plus don’t you think it would be fun to be there? :)


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