a question for pro choicers..

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Registered: 07-03-2007
a question for pro choicers..
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Sun, 07-20-2008 - 12:43am

just trying to get an idea what it means by being pro choice.


Do you have a limit to the age of gestation at which point you say abortion is right/not right? or is it right at any time during gestation 0-42 weeks?


Lets say a woman was carrying a baby, at 38 weeks, she got divorced, faced serious domestic issues, unable to support baby etc, or similar circumstances. Or just had been struggling with the idea of abortion for a long time, and at 38 weeks or so, finally decided she didnt want to to give birth to the baby, so is it okay to abort at that time, considering she found a clinic who was willing to terminate the pregnancy that far along. It still is medically possible to abort, though risks are high.


How about if she is 32 weeks?


What do you all prochoicers say?

mel2010

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Registered: 04-03-2005
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 12:52am

My personal limit is that of the point of legally stated viability (24 weeks Federally, I believe), unless other medical issues nessecitate it at a later point in time of the gestation. However, that has more to do with risks increasing the further along gestation progresses than for any sort of moral judgement reason.


If in the hypothetical case a woman reaches 38 weeks gestation, and gets divorced/faces domestic issues/falls on hard times creating an inability to care for/support the impending child/etc... I don't think that having an abortion would be in the best interest of her. At that late into the pregnancy, the risks- from my understanding- involved with aborting would be greater


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Registered: 07-15-2008
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 1:14am

We don't have abortion laws

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 5:01am

I think in order to understand our opinions on this, you need to understand that not all pc'ers think abortion is right, or that we would have one ourselves.

Frankly, my answer is that it is none of my business. IMO, an abortion at 8 weeks is hardly different from an abortion much later, but it is not my choice to make. The only people for whom I feel qualified to make medical decisions is myself, my two-month-old daughter, and my husband (in conjunction with him, of course). I also feel that no one else, other than the medical specialists I am seeing for whatever condition I have, is qualified to do the same for me except perhaps my husband (in conjunction with me, of course). I wouldn't want someone with no training to help me with an ingrown toenail, much less be able to decide what I do with my uterus.

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Registered: 07-03-2007
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 6:01pm

ohh...thanks for clarifying this very important point, that not al prochoicers think that abortion is right.


Now i get it. Prochoicers mean that a woman has the right to make a choice, even if it is wrong, because its her body, right?


I actually thought that all prochoicers did indeed think that abortion is right, and that they would do it themselves too, if they wanted.


I then dont know what i am. Because i dont think that abortion is right, but as far as woman making a choice, hey, who am i to dictate her?


Actually things are quite easy for me, because i only go by my religious rules. In which case it is akin to murder, except under some circumstances, like womans health. If i did not go by religious rules, i do see a point in both sides. I dont think anyone can win any debate/argument, let alone abortion, because there are valid points to both sides.

mel2010
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 7:22pm

That's why the pro-choice side frames itself as "pro-choice," because generally we/they believe it is the woman's choice.

 


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Registered: 07-15-2008
Sun, 07-20-2008 - 8:10pm

Most prochoicers I know don't think they'd ever have one, actually, unless their life were in danger, etc..

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Registered: 08-24-2006
Mon, 07-21-2008 - 2:10am
I think it should be up to a woman AND her doctor. Just because someone wants an abortion doesn't mean she'll automatically be able to find someone to perform it. Good luck finding a doctor who will perform an elective abortion at 38 weeks.
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Registered: 07-19-2008
Tue, 07-22-2008 - 5:19pm
At 32 weeks it would be considered a fullterm pregnancy, a "normal" pregnancy is from 32 to 40 weeks gestation.
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Registered: 12-27-2007
Tue, 07-22-2008 - 10:38pm
Personally, I would not feel comfortable at all allowing a woman to have an abortion that far along.
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Registered: 06-19-2008
Wed, 07-23-2008 - 4:53pm
There are varying degrees to how pro-choicers believe, however, the choice is still the mother's.

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