Abortion in pioneer days
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|Mon, 06-22-2009 - 6:34pm|
I have been lurking here for quite some time but this is my first time posting.
Over the weekend, I attended a stage event called "Quilters". It is a musical performance that tells the story of several pioneer women and their lives and difficulties in their times.
Each story is presented as a block or chapter. One of the blocks was about pregnancy and childbirth. It describes the lack of birth control and the large families that came about through circumstance and necessity in the pioneer days in rural settings. The women telling the story describe having 10, 12, 16 children and being desparate not to have more, both because of their lack of resources to provide for more children and their concerns about their own health. They discuss how recipes were passed around for women to cook up concoctions that would end pregnancies in the early stages.
I was wondering if people who are pro-life today make any allowances for women in those situations? In general, modern times have made birth control and education more readily available (although obviously far from perfect) but if a woman simply didn't have the means to prevent a pregnancy, is she justified in controlling her family size with other means?