My body is my temple.It is not yours! If I choose to carry a baby that may be harmful to my health,that is my choice.And if I choose to abort the fetus that is my personal decision.I am the woman that will have to live with the consequences of my choice.
But,oh,how lucky I am to have the right to decide what will be done with my body in the first place.To the dismay of many,women still have the right to choose in America.Thank goodness for that!
Because not so long ago, abortions were illegal in America.And women would risk & oftentimes lose their lives to obtain one.I guess those anti-abortion extremists,like the one who murdered Dr. George Tiller,just can’t seem to understand that.A woman will decide what to do with her body with or without the assistance of an abortion doctor.
Here’s more from The Vancover Sun:
It is not surprising that anti-abortion groups deny any links with the killer of Dr. George Tiller. As usual, their representatives claim that they are pro-life. The irony of their stance is this: In countries where abortion is illegal, there is a higher rate of abortion. Illegal abortions result in more complications, which can cause either reduced fertility or maternal death.
Women have abortions for a variety of reasons–illness, poverty, violence, sexual assault, failed birth control and fetal anomaly. When we provide safe, legal abortions we increase the level of health care for everyone; we acknowledge women’s right to decide for themselves if they are able to carry through with a pregnancy and provide a secure, healthy life for a child.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
And even more from The Guttmacher Institute:
A new national study shows that the number of abortions performed in Mexico increased by one-third between 1990 and 2006 (from 533,000 to 875,000), despite legal restrictions that virtually ban the procedure in most parts of the country. (In 2007, the federal district of Mexico City legalized abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy; the procedure remains illegal in other Mexican states.) Mexico’s 2006 abortion rate (33 per 1,000 women) was more than 40% higher than the abortion rate in the United States (19.4 per 1,000 women), where abortion is broadly legal and available.
The study, conducted by El Colegio de Mexico, the Population Council Mexico Office and the Guttmacher Institute, found that many abortions in Mexico take place under unsafe conditions, resulting in serious health consequences for women. Seventeen percent of the Mexican women who obtained abortions in 2006 were treated in public hospitals for complications. In comparison, fewer than 0.3% of abortion patients in the U.S. have complications requiring hospitalization.
“These findings confirm research from other parts of the world – that making abortion illegal does not significantly decrease its frequency, it just makes it unsafe and puts women’s lives at risk,” said Fatima Juarez, the study’s lead author. A professor at El Colegio de Mexico and a senior fellow at the Guttmacher Institute, Dr. Juarez added, “The contrast between U.S. and Mexican abortion rates reflects a larger disparity in awareness of contraceptive methods and access to family planning services. The best way to make abortion less necessary is to help women avoid unwanted pregnancies in the first place by increasing access to a wide range of contraceptive methods.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.
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