|A Fair Approach to An Abortion Policy||07.25.10|
Abortion eliminated, my wayLane Filler
How to reduce abortion fairlyIf I gave you a way to eliminate almost all abortions, would you?
Here are the laws we'd need:
-- Pregnancies in America must result from an active desire to become pregnant, not poor planning. Adult women not seeking pregnancy will, annually, receive a single-dose form of birth control effective for 12 months, or an IUD. Insurance companies will provide contraception for customers and save money on unexpected pregnancies. A private/public cooperative will provide birth control for the uninsured, with faith-based groups raising money and hospitals administering the contraceptive.
-- Women who do not want contraception will sign releases affirming their wish to become pregnant and waiving their right to abortions, except in the case of rape or medical danger. Women who had the contraceptive administered but became pregnant anyway can have abortions, but this will be rare and the scarcity of unplanned pregnancies will make the market for adoption so tight that carrying surprise babies to term will be too profitable to pass up.
-- It will be illegal for minors to be parents or legal guardians of children. Parents of fertile minor females who do not wish them to receive long-term contraception will sign two forms. The first will waive their child's right to an abortion. The second will affirm that they will bear all responsibility for any baby born to their child. If the natural parent wishes to adopt the child from the natural grandparent upon reaching legal age, that will be handled in the same manner as any other adoption.
This plan has the flaw of sexism because it puts the responsibility on females and the parents of females, but that's where science and history have taken us. We've never developed medical male contraception and mothers and their families have traditionally been stuck with the majority of the responsibility when children birth children. We'll give this plan a few years to work, then address that.
For those who think giving their daughters contraception is a license to carnality, don't. You'll be in the same situation you are now, except that you might end up the parent of a newborn and you won't be able to get your daughter a secret (but legal and safe) abortion and pray for forgiveness later. But it doesn't matter because Suzie wouldn't do that, right? Right?
For the abortion-rights folks who claim they want abortion to be “safe, legal and rare,” here you go. This plan eliminates practically all unwanted pregnancies and makes the adoption market so voracious that every baby that slips by the contraception gets a wonderful home.
And abortion will still be an option when supremely serious occasions demand it.
If you're against this plan, why? If it's because you think it will increase non-marital sex, too bad. I can eliminate most abortions, but I'm not anti-sex and I can't help you there.
If you're against this plan because you think abortion is a form of contraception no worse than the pill and your claimed desire to make abortion “rare” is just a front, too bad. That's a cruel, lazy belief and no humane society can tolerate it.
If you can't get behind this plan, ask yourself what you really support and oppose, and why, because it likely has very little to do with the prevalence of abortions, or the rights of women.
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