Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"There is no happy outcome."

Those who plead for an extensive relaxation of the law [against abortion] have no idea of the very many cases where a woman who, during the first three months, makes a most impassioned appeal for her pregnancy to be 'finished,' later, when the baby is born, is thankful indeed that it was not killed while still an embryo. During my long years in practice I have had many a letter of the deepest gratitude for refusing to accede to an early appeal.
Dr. Aleck Bourne, who in 1938 successfully fought the law against abortion in the UK


Abortion rights author sparks criticism at book presentation

Mary Ann Sorrentino asserts that when a woman becomes pregnant when she didn't intend to be, yeah, abortion is sad, but it's necessary because in such a situation "There is no happy outcome."

I'm living proof that this is a crock. As are any number of other women.






Abortion is an act of despair. Who wants to peddle despair?

Those who profit from despair: abortionists and the abortion lobby.

And, for whatever reason, Mary Ann Sorrentino.

6 comments:

Tlaloc said...

"Abortion is an act of despair. Who wants to peddle despair?"

Abortion is a TREATMENT for a certain cause of despair. That would make the pro-life movement the "peddlers of despair."

GrannyGrump said...
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Lauren said...

We all know the best treatments involve killing.

Tlaloc said...

"We all know the best treatments involve killing."

Curing a cancer often involves killing a tumor. Curing a cold involves killing the virus. Yes, treatments do often involve killing unwanted or harmful tissue.

Rachael said...

And yet, Tialoc, it does nothing to treat the conditions which led to despair. Oftentimes, in my work with women facing an unplanned pregnancy, I've found that it's the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, which make the pregnancy undesirable and under any other condition or time, the pregnancy might of been carried to term. Therefore, by eliminating the pregnancy, we are only relieving the immediate issue of the pregnancy, but not addressing the long-term issues(lack of emotional/financial support, lack of place to live, abuse, poverty, lack of employment, etc) . Therfore abortion does not completely treat despair. Only by removing the circumstances which led the pregnancy to be undesirable in the first place and addressing the surrounding issues, will we begin to make a positive impact and resolve despair, as well as make the need for abortion rare.

Tlaloc said...

"And yet, Tialoc, it does nothing to treat the conditions which led to despair."

that depends on what the source of the despair is. If it is poverty, then you are right it doesn't treat the problem but it does prevent the problem getting worse. If the issue is a woman who simply does not want to be a mother then it does treat the issue.



"Oftentimes, in my work with women facing an unplanned pregnancy, I've found that it's the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy, which make the pregnancy undesirable and under any other condition or time, the pregnancy might of been carried to term."

I'm sure that's true, and I'm fully in support of social safety nets and resources being made available for those people. But at the end of the day such a system won't be perfect and does not apply in all cases anyway in which case abortion needs to be an option of last resort.