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  •  It doesnt' feel that way to many women, even those (7+ / 0-)

    who believe in and/or have had abortions. When you consider getting rid of a ganglion, you are not deciding whether or not a human being will come into existence.

    Some women know when they conceive. Some have the feeling that a life has begun.  Whehter to let that life continue to develop or to stop it because the time and condittions are wrong -- that feels like a big deal

    I'm not saying what's right or wrong. Neither is wrong. But the reality is that for some women abortion may be a simple, no-drama procedure, and for other women it's not.

    In either case it should be their choice.

    •  I'm glad you pointed that out (2+ / 0-)
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      glorificus, HappyinNM

      I'm a man who is highly unlikely to ever have a child at this point. Also, I am extremely naturalistic on the abortion issue, not even feeling that there is anything wrong with infanticide in the first few days if there are apparent birth defects. (And honestly, I think that the reason most people don't see things the same way is because of the continuing harmful effects of religion on our society.) Also, I really like the expression of points of view such as the one of the diarist, comparing a fetus to a ganglion. I read a comment on Salon I think it was, where a woman described a fetus as a "parasitic lump of flesh", and I enjoyed that even more.

      But I believe you when you say that "Some women know when they conceive. Some have the feeling that a life has begun." (But I don't think those facts have anything to do with what motivates anti-abortionists at all.) So I am not sure that trivializing what is involved in having an abortion serves women in their fight for control over their bodies very well in the long run.

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