Just want some opinions

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2007
Just want some opinions
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Fri, 06-08-2007 - 11:25am
I was just curious what everyone thought about having tougher restrictions on abortions. It seems like the majority of the people on this board are pro-choice and against completely banning abortions...so I was just wondering what everyones thoughts were on still allowing abortions but having tougher restrictions for having them. Such as...having to have parental consent in every state for anyone who is under 18 or not allowing people to have repeat abortions, unless the mother's life is at immediate risk or the mother was raped. I will be honest I am really not sure where I stand on the issue of abortion...I don't think that I ever could have an abortion, but I don't think I have any right to tell other women what they should do either. I just wonder sometimes if maybe we should have stricter guidelines.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-07-2007
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 12:04pm
Nope. No restrictions.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2005
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 12:13pm

I think we need to reduce the restrictions we do have.

- no waiting periods.

- no notification.


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-04-2004
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 12:55pm
I agree that we need to drop the restrictions we have now. This is a medical issue and should be handled by the pregnant woman, her health care provider, and whomever else she wishes to involve. There should be absolutely no government intrusion regarding reproductive issues beyond the standard oversight and regulation that exists for all other health care matters.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2007
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 1:12pm
I guess the only thing I think is that especially with women...and I guess I should say girls under 18 I don't think that they have maturity emotional or otherwise to really understand or comprehend the decision they are making. So I guess I feel like there should be more restrictions in place for girls under 18.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2005
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 1:34pm

Do you support similar restrictions for girls under 18 who choose to gestate?

Such as the decision to use natural childbirth, choose a c-section, decide upon adoption and to pick the adoptive parents, etc.?


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2007
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 2:03pm
Well I really guess it depends on the situation...as far as adoption, yes I do believe that if someone is under 18 and making that big of a decision there should be more restrictions. I don't think there should be restrictions to hurt them in any way...and ultimately it would still be there decision to make. I guess when I say restrictions I am talking more about requiring more counseling and possibly a longer waiting period..depending on the situation.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2004
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 3:46pm
I do not believe that forcing children under 18 to gestate is any better than forcing an adult woman to gestate a pg. I don't know why a woman may have multiple pgs and therfore do not believe that I should make that decision for them. Yes, that may mean a few women will use abortion instead of BC, but that's their stupidity and their money that they are shelling out, as well as their health and future fertility they are messing with. I think restrictions only make it more likely that a desperate woman will do something desperate and endager her life.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2007
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 4:25pm
Well I guess when I was talking about restrictions...I meant more restrictions for girls under the age of 18 and when I am saying restrictions I am talking about more counseling required and possibly a longer waiting period...although I will be honest I am not sure what the exact waiting period is right now. I just don't see how that would harm anyone. Like I said the decision would still be theirs to make in the end.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-29-2004
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 4:43pm
I think counseling is important and that's fine (again, I'm not sure why someone under 18 would need it more than a woman over 18), but unless you are fine with late term abortions (and I take it that if you feel restrictions are needed that you may not be, but I don't know) then a longer waiting period is only going to cause later abortions or more desperate girls.
iVillage Member
Registered: 06-07-2007
Fri, 06-08-2007 - 5:01pm
Well the reason I think girls under 18 should require more counseling than say a women in her 20's or 30's is because I think that overall teenagers are not physically or mentally as mature as a grown woman. I don't think that the waiting period should be so long though that it would force a women to have a late-term abortion though.

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