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  •  Maybe if we stopped teaching "abstinence only" (0+ / 0-)

    in public schools and instead taught comprehensive sexual education, and made it possible for all women to have access to affordable family planning tools, then maybe we wouldn't have quite as many abortions.  Many countries in Europe who teach students about contraception and safe sex practices  not only have a lower teen pregnancy rate, but have a much lower abortion rate too.  

    I don't think there are many people who think that abortion is actually a good thing, but it's a necessary evil that needs be safe and available for women who choose it.  I know I wouldn't personally choose abortion for myself, especially after learning in great detail about fetal development in one of my biology classes, but my personal beliefs should never trump the civil liberties of another person, and the rights of a fetus should not outweigh those of the mother, who is a self-efficient, breathing individual.  

    Republicans/Anti-Choicers are going about this process the completely wrong way, and it wouldn't surprise me if they were in fact making the need for abortions more prevalent.  By trying to de-fund Planned Parenthood which largely provides preventive services to poor and uninsured women (and men), fewer people are able to get contraception- leading to more unplanned and/or unwanted pregnancies.  

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