Poof! And then Saddam Hussein was gone. During drive-time on my way home from work last night there was speculation that the execution would occur within four hours. When I heard that news I felt that if ever there were a person deserving of such a fate; Saddam Hussein would be the person. And now we will all have a three day weekend to look forward to filled with pundits, talking heads and 24 hour news outlets spinning the news of what this all means to us. I remember in 1980 when we liked this guy because he was at war with Iran. If I were any sort of a Middle East dictator I would be very careful about lending us support in our current conflicts with Iran.
My post on Wednesday and my views on abortion generated some strong commentary. Only a small portion of the feedback I received was submitted in the comment section. Many readers sent me emails but were uncomfortable sharing their thoughts on abortion in a public forum. I regret the wording I used in that post, “abortions are going to happen so they should be legal.” I regret the wording but I do not regret the discussion that ensued. Reader comments have challenged me to more closely examine my thoughts about the abortion issue. Reader, Mike S., commented, “Bill Clinton said it well when he said: “Abortion should be legal, safe, and rare.” Damn, I wish I were as smart as our former president. I think I am smarter than our current president but that is a post for another day.
The issue of a woman’s right to reproductive choice is so filled with emotion, conviction, pain and passion that many people are very uncomfortable discussing it. Even those who would quickly square off and make their stand that abortion is always wrong need only check their pulse if they believe they don’t have a problem talking about the issue. It is a very inflammatory subject and because I did such a poor job of explaining the reasons behind my position I am going to make another run at it here.
Some of the facts behind my opinion are:
-One in three American women will have an abortion by age 45.
-Half of all women getting abortions report that contraception was used during the month they became pregnant.
-83% of women getting abortions are unmarried. 66% plan to have children when they are older, financially able to provide necessities for them, and/or in a supportive relationship with a partner so their children will have two parents.
-Women who obtain abortions represent every religious affiliation.
-57% of women who get an abortion are low-income.
-68,000 women – mostly in developing countries – die each year during unsafe abortions, and millions more are hospitalized from complications.
The most alarming statistic listed is that one in three women will have an abortion by age 45. That statistic, in light of the fact that 68,000 women die each year where abortions are not legally available is why I believe we can not just pass a new law and wish away the problem of unwanted pregnancies. “Abortion should be legal, safe, and rare.” They are anything but rare. If those who support the overturn of Roe vs. Wade would effectively put their energies into reducing unwanted pregnancies and then begin to further reduce abortion by advocating alternatives to abortion I may support them in seeking to reverse the current law of the land. It seems unlikely that will happen any time soon. Many of the more fundamentalist in the Pro Life movement are proponents of abstinence-only sex education for our children. That position makes a lot of sense in light of last weeks report that 95% of Americans have engaged in pre-marital sex.