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Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Few people on either side make very good arguments either way about what to do about abortion. In my opinion, there are three issues, moral, legal, practical. There have been about 50 million legal abortions in this country since 1973; there are now over 1 million per year, the rate has been falling. There are about 45 million abortions every year worldwide. Millions of women become pregnant who do not want to have a baby or can't afford to. The moral question -- is abortion the taking of a human life. Yes, it is preventing human life, that is what makes the issue difficult. The legal question is should it be illegal. Given how many women want to have abortions, making it illegal is simply not an option unless there are realistic alternatives. It doesn't make sense to make millions of women criminals because of their personal moral choices or to risk their health getting illegal abortions. The practical question is -- what is the alternative. Our best bet would be a massive program providing contraception and education and well organized adoption. Is there any reason to believe that can happen or that it would work? We need to try or we will be fighting this forever. Anti abortion people who are also against contraception are idiots and should be treated as idiots. It took the Catholic church 350 years to forgive Galileo for saying the earth moved around the sun so don't hold your breath about their policy on contraception.
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The book is written well and very informative, it gives a lot of details in the health care field that up until now I was not aware of. So, the book is extremely informative about the newest things in women's reproductive health care that every young woman needs to know in order to be informed, the reason I gave it such high marks. I remember all too well when abortion was illegal and religious zealots ruled the country. And they want to drag us kicking and screaming back into that same ignorance. I have no desire to return to such a country again, to put my Granddaughters through the misery a lot of we women learned to live with in that era. And the way it's looking it is going to happen again. So many women keep voting the anti-choice politician's back into office to do us more damage. I pay close attention to how they vote.Read more ›
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If you have high hopes for this read, abandon them now. As with many amoral zealots, the writing bias is obvious, it is filled with unscientific discussion of the facts, and its... Read morePublished on March 24, 2014 by FERTILDOC
I only bought this for a class I was taking. It's a very feminist type of book so you may enjoy it if you have strong feminist views and are highly in agreement with abortion but... Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by ThePinkButterfly