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  •  As an adopted person, (4.00)
    I am often asked by people how I can possibly be pro-choice, since I would have been aborted.  I find it incredible that people assume I had any greater chance of being aborted than they did.  To me it is obvious that I was wanted - if my birthmother had wanted to have an abortion she could have.  It had been legal for years by the time I was born.  She chose not to do so.  In fact, I know almost no one who is the result of a planned pregnancy, including the people who asked me that asinine question.  Many of the folks I know whose parents got married because they were knocked up now have parents who are divorced. Also of note, the most vocal anti-choice people I know would never dream of adopting a child.  Just my personal experience.

    "I said no deal; you can't sell this stuff to me" - Townes Van Zandt

    by btrflisoul on Wed Aug 03, 2005 at 09:59:48 PM PDT

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    •  I was unplanned as well (4.00)
      I've never understood the argument that if you were unplanned, then you have to be against abortion. I am grateful to my mother for continuing with the pregnancy, but I don't think she should have been forced to carry through with it had she wanted an abortion.
      •  Heck, back in my day (4.00)
        we were all unplanned. The main reason I'm grateful my mother didn't have an illegal abortion in 1950 is that it might have killed her. God knows she almost died from one in '64.

        I'm thankful that I didn't know then what I know now about how very dangerous it was for her.

        •  My mom (4.00)
          did have 2 illegal abortions between my birth in 1950 and my brother's 2 years later. I can't imagine what it was like for her. We don't talk about it but she's glad that I am a pro-choice activist.

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          "Tikkun Olam (to heal and repair the world) You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it" Rabbi Tarfun

          by RevDeb on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 01:02:07 PM PDT

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    •  The adoption system (4.00)
      was meant to find homes for unwanted children.

      NOT to find babies for people who couldn't have them.

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      by annrose on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 05:51:56 AM PDT

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      •  Well, actually, it's arguable that (none)
        the adoption system was intended first to cover over the shame of illegitimacy, and second to find homes for unwanted children.  That's why they had and still have children's homes, but in all but 3(4?) states, adoptees' birth certificates are and always have always been amended.

        But war's a game which were their subjects wise Kings would not play at. -William Cowper (1731-1800)

        by br00mhiLdA on Thu Aug 04, 2005 at 04:48:48 PM PDT

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