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  •  I respect your opinion. (4.00)
    I feel differently about abortion now than I did when I was in college.  Then, I think I would have had one (if my birth control failed) without too many second thoughts.  Now, after some difficulty in getting pregnant, and a devastating miscarriage, and anxious scrutiny of the ultrasounds of the tiny embryo's heartbeat, I am not at all sure I could or would do it.  Looking at the baby at six weeks' gestation does make you feel differently about the whole thing, I think.  

    But like deminla, I still believe it should be up to the woman to choose that option.  My daughters are now 10 and 12 and have asked me what abortion is and if I believe it is okay to kill a baby (can you tell where they are getting their information?)  I told them I didn't know if I would ever do it, and would only do it if something was really wrong with the baby, and in any case that I thought it should be my decision and not Tom DeLay's.

    I don't even have that much of a problem with anti-abortion people if they are strongly in support of easily accessible, inexpensive birth control.  That at least is a morally consistent position.  It is the flaming hypocrisy of most of that crowd (no birth control OR abortion rights) that infuriates me.

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