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  •  My abortion saved my life. (1+ / 0-)
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    It was the furthest thing from a tragedy for me, and I'm certainly not the only person that I know who has had one and felt the same way.

    •  I'm sure it's true. (0+ / 0-)

      Was there no emotional effect whatsoever?

      That's Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid to you, Mr. Bush.

      by DC Pol Sci on Mon Jan 22, 2007 at 11:16:32 AM PST

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      •  Thank fucking god. (1+ / 0-)
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        That's what I felt. Thank god I could get there and back safely. Thank god I had a friend who could drive me the 2 hours there and back. Thank god for security around the building keeping who knows what sort of whacko protesters at bay.

        I was raped. Get this fucking thing out of me was about the extent of my emotion. I'm happy that I had an abortion. I'm not kidding when I say it saved my life. And you know what, if I got pregnant today by some freak accident because various birth control methods didn't work, I'd likely have no emotional qualms about having another abortion. For several reasons...among them being that I don't believe I WANT children ever, and that I simply could not afford to provide for a child and I refuse to have a child that I can't provide for. Those things aren't "tragic", they're life. Do I wish people never were raped? Obviously yes. Do I wish birth control ALWAYS worked for everyone? Of course. Do I wish I had more money? Yes, but I still wouldn't want a child.

        My point is that there's nothing to feel guilty about. There's nothing to feel BAD or horrible about. It isn't WRONG. It isn't a person, it's not a life. It's a ball of cells.

        This may seem callous to you, and I'm sure that every woman doesn't share my perspective, but that's why abortion MUST remain legal...because every individual's rights matter in these decisions and they should be made between a woman and her doctor. No one else.

        So, do some women feel guilt? I suppose, but I certainly didn't. And it's been 10 years. Actually, this week makes it 10 years...Jan. 24th...the day my life was literally saved. Thank god.

      •  I had no emotional effect whatsoever - (2+ / 0-)
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        DC Pol Sci, Elise

        except for being terminally pissed off at the right-to-lifers who convinced me I would be emotionally affected - so I put it off until after exams, and had some physical sequelae as a consequence of waiting.

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