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Registered: 02-16-2008
WOW!!
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Sat, 02-16-2008 - 6:52pm
I wish to thank everyones input on my previous post. I think it is fantastic that every individual has the ability and freedom to choose what they believe. But I am curious if any one knows the origin of abortions. How long have abortions occured at least in the United States anyway. I wonder why the first abortion occurred. I will bet that there was a religious reason behind it. Such as having a child out of wedlock and knowing you might be asn outcast in society. Like I have said I am not religous but I dont believe thjat one can count out religion as a reason for some abortions especially in the early 1900s. Thoughts anyone?
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Registered: 06-03-2007
In reply to: theliving
Sat, 02-16-2008 - 10:24pm

Welcome to the board! I'm glad that you are enjoying the interplay of opinions, and calmly articulating your own. I think you'd enjoy poking through our recent threads as you are leading towards topics that many of us have voiced lengthy opinions on. :)

Here's an entire thread we had on the history of abortion recently.
http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-psabortdeb&msg=4438.1&ctx=128

Seems that many people who read the link were rather surprised.

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Registered: 02-16-2008
In reply to: theliving
Sat, 02-16-2008 - 11:11pm

Thank you very much. I think people should be able to have a difference of opinion about something and respect each other for their particular opinion. I think a world full of everybody exactly alike would get very boring. I have a question............is it odd for a man to be on this site. I think whether a woman chooses to have an abortion or

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Registered: 06-03-2007
In reply to: theliving
Sat, 02-16-2008 - 11:29pm

Personally - I think that it's important to include men in the conversation about all aspects of reproductive health, as what people don't know about may confuse or frighten them, or may allow for inadvertent insensitivity. Put another way, men and entirely celibate women may never be personally pregnant, but they are overwhelmingly likely to have close friends who are and through discussions like this one here they may be better able to support those women by having factually accurate information, an idea of what resources are available, and a facility with what kinds of emotional reactions are common.

America today is an oddly lonely place for a reproducing woman. There are topics which we consider private, sometimes to the point that a young woman may never even talk with her mother about the feelings, thoughts, and physical changes associated with reproduction.

Abortion is an especially isolating topic. Abortion is one of the most common gynecologic procedures performed in America, with nearly 1 in 3 women getting one by the end of her reproductive years, and yet there is such stigma associated that few women tell their families or more than one or two very close friends. I respect that desire for privacy, but it puts a woman in emotional danger.

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Registered: 04-15-2006
In reply to: theliving
Sun, 02-17-2008 - 2:07am

"is it odd for a man to be on this site."

I don't think so at all. The site is focused toward women, but I enjoy having more diversity and I hope more and more men will join. I think abortion is an important issue for men and women. For me personally it is very important that my husband and I are both on the same page about our views on abortion. And I think its an issue that isn't brought up often enough before consenting adults have sex. Oh, welcome to the site, by the way :)

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