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    There is a sizable contingent of both conservative and progressive men who just want the issue of birth control and abortion to go away.  These men often leave birth control up to the women in their lives so the men don't have to deal with it.  On the other hand, there is another cohort who use children as hostages to keep the women in their lives from gaining independence from them.  

    Abortion and contraception are both health and economic issues.  By framing it as a religious issue or a social issue, the hostage takers make the health and economic implications invisible.  An unplanned pregnancy that goes bad in the last weeks of the second trimester or early third trimester can be the straw that breaks a family apart.  Who is likely to have to cope with an unplanned pregnancy?  It is: 1) the newly unemployed, 2) someone recently diagnosed with a serious illness like cancer, 3) a couple with abstinence-only sex education as their guide and parents who treat sex as something shameful and 4) contraceptive failure.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 02:12:58 PM PDT

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