The article that fired me up. From Right Wing Watch
First some history to tie this post in with my own past.
My girlfriend my freshman year in college (1970/71) became pregnant. I won't go into the nuts and bolts of her decision to abort, but let's just say, I chose to support her decision, no matter what she came up with. It was my first exposure to the world of Planned Parenthood. At that time the Feds had yet to weigh in on the controversy of abortion on demand. It was still in the hands of the individual states. Roe v Wade would not happen until 1973. Maryland was a state that allowed abortion.
Up until that time I had no opinion regarding abortion. I was 19 ferchrisakes and male. I did not walk or deny my responsibility. I went with her to doctor appointments, appointments at the local Planned Parenthood offices, and held her as she agonized over what to do. Neither one of us were ready to be parents and she knew it. I was impressed that the first choice offered by the Planned Parenthood people was to help her decide to carry the pregnancy through full term. It was only after they had made sure her decision to abort had been thoroughly tested by the alternative of delivering a live baby did they direct her to the right people for the abortion. I was disappointed she chose to abort, but I supported her decision anyway.
Over the following two years, I became a go to guy for coeds who found themselves in the "family way". I had no other qualification other than having been through the process myself. Of the maybe five women I chaperoned through the process, only one chose to keep her baby. But not one of them made their decisions without being intensely counseled by Planned Parenthood first. The counselors' first option was never abortion, it was what was in the best interests of the woman with Reality as the driving force. They made sure all options were laid out.
Here we are 40 years later and the controversy of Abortion is now not an issue of choice, but an issue of political identity many would have us believe defines one's moral compass.................Bullshit. I resent that it has become nothing but another political bat many use to beat up the other side. Both sides use it and abuse it. But none more than the Anti-abortion crowd. Their holier than thou righteous indignation has created so many successful lies and false accusations that violence has resulted. Doctors have been killed, Women stalked and harassed. Clinics bombed. If anyone should be ashamed of themselves, it is the people who sanction this type of activity while hiding behind the notion of "being a Christian" and justifying the means by seeking some debatable ends. They have no remorse. It sickens me.
I do not like abortion. I also feel it is not my place to force this view on anyone. A decision such as this is uniquely personal and should be respected over and above any other view. Forcing unwanted pregnancies through to full term by legislation is in my mind the worst kind of assault on a person's individual rights.
What about the rights of the fetus? Yeah, what about them? I struggle with this question quite often. That I cannot come up with a satisfactory answer only tells me I have to allow each individual the right to determine what those rights are for themselves. No law will ever resolve that question other than to impose sanctions and penalties for crossing some arbitrary line created out of nothing but the opinion of some wishing to impose their will on the rest of us.