Ways to reduce abortion?

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Registered: 01-11-2008
Ways to reduce abortion?
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Sun, 01-13-2008 - 11:08pm

I know PL are working to reduce abortion, limit abortion and end abortion.

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Registered: 06-17-2007
Sun, 01-13-2008 - 11:17pm
People need to get their heads out of the sand and realize that unmarried young people are going to have sex. The current federal education format (abstinence-only) only talks about contraceptive and condom failure rates while not discussing how effective these can be at preventing pregnancy and STI's when used correctly. While many states are now opting out of the receiving the funding that would require them to teach children this way (11 states now), the vast majority of states still follow that funding mandate and adjust their sex education programs according. As such, there are millions of middle-school and high-school students who are not only not being told much information about safer-sex practices, they are being given inaccurate information about safer-sex practices. Many organizations have studied the results of AOE, and have found that not only are teens no more likely to delay sex, they are less likely to use protection when they do have sex.




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Registered: 08-18-2006
Sun, 01-13-2008 - 11:29pm
I am PC and have aborted and am a senior in high school so i am kind of living this. I think we need better sex education that not only talks about sex and pregnancy and birth control but that brings in teen moms, people who have had abortions, people who have gotten STD's, people who were raped and show teens that this all really DOES happen. That they are not just making up this stuff. They need to know that teen pregnancy is hard work and will forever change your life. That it is not all bubbles and sunshine and odds are you will be doing it alone. They also need to know that abortion isn't a quick fix and it can be hard emotionally. They need to know that you can get pregnant even if it was "just one time". I think if it was more real to teens, than it would make more of an impact. I also think that there needs to be daycare centers in high schools and colleges so girls dont have to pick between school and their baby.
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Registered: 03-18-2004
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 7:26am
we need more and better sex ed, we need to teach young people (and some older people) to be responsible about sex, we need more support for struggling families, we need more support for victims of domestic abuse, we need more programs to help people with substance abuse, fee/affordable birth control of the persons choosing, we needs doctors to stop refusing to tie tubes/do vasectomys on people under 30, we need more BC men can have control over, we need to make adoption an easier process. That would be a good start IMO.








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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 8:26am
Good sex education- but that includes parents getting on board and teaching their kids waaaay before the schools even introduce the topic. Not using fear- whether it is fear of punishment or fear through religious beliefs. Think like a kid- show them in real terms and photos what STDs look like- what it's like to have a child before you are ready, before you can give it the things it deserves. Show them what an abortion is like and how it can leave one feeling regrets- and it's forever. I find total honesty- and a commitment to hearing out the child's POV to be the best tool.
As a society- we need to reign in the media and quit sexualizing little girls- with makeup, whorish clothes, etc. I'm amazed at how quickly girls shed the trappings of childhood as compared to when I was a girl.

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Registered: 02-15-2005
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 8:44am

ITA (no surprise there, LOL)


But my question is - how do we reduce abortions in one of the highest groups - women ages 20-23. (33% of all abortions from the last report I read).


These aren't school kids we can push into sex ed classes. They are adult women. How do we identify the gap in education and bodily responsibility?


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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 9:10am
Universal health care.

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Registered: 02-15-2005
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 9:39am

OK - I agree that making BC affordable and available to all would help reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortion.


But how do we ensure that age group takes advantage of such?


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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 9:49am
We can't. We are not a nanny state. We provide the means to access not only the info, but provide free OB/GYN care for all- that way more women have access to birth control AND prenatal care if they should become pregnant. Other than that, would you want the government checking up with you on a regular basis. Imagine that phone call or questionaire, LOL.....

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Registered: 02-15-2005
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 9:52am

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Well, evidently, the first question would be "Are you a REAL Christian as defined by your government?" LOL


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Registered: 06-17-2007
Mon, 01-14-2008 - 11:09am

"how do we reduce abortions in one of the highest groups - women ages 20-23. (33% of all abortions from the last report I read).

These aren't school kids we can push into sex ed classes. They are adult women."

They were, just a few years ago. That age group continues to be the highest rate of abortion, even when the women who were 20-23 are now 30-33. Which means that if you can work with them within the high schools, you have a better chance of them not needing an abortion 2-5 years later.




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