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    martydd, Mrs M, Susan G in MN

    My first diary here was a pro-choice diary, which I've since deleted because it contained enough information for a few people to positively identify me if they saw it. But I told my story: I've given birth (and gave my daughter up for adoption), I've had a legal medical abortion, and I've self-induced an abortion because I couldn't access abortion care while deployed in the Navy, the last of which was the catalyst for me to start writing diaries instead of just lurking. The diary was titled "Why Roe vs. Wade Is Not Enough," and it was an argument for better abortion access, especially for military servicemembers and family.

    I think it's incredibly important that abortion exists and is safe and legal. I don't think "rare" ought to be part of the goal because of how it's misused to restrict access. But that doesn't mean I'm going to pretend that abortions are fun or that they should be encouraged. They should be readily available, on demand, within walking/public transportation distance of every town and neighbourhood, on every military base and every navy ship. They should be readily available even (perhaps especially) to preteens; they should be free to minors, the military, and Medicaid/Medicare recipients, and otherwise priced on a sliding scale until we get universal healthcare. And they should be uniformly available through the maximum gestational age allowed by law, in every state, on demand.

    An abortion should be easier to get than a bottle of beer. But I still take issue with the idea that it's a purely good thing that ought to be encouraged; it's a painful, possibly invasive, potentially dangerous remedy for a largely preventable condition. We need to stop trying to dissuade people who are already pregnant from having abortions, but that doesn't mean we can't encourage people who aren't pregnant yet not to put themselves in a position to need one.

    Every horror committed by man begins with the lie that some man is not a man. - Jyrinx

    by kyril on Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 10:51:31 AM PDT

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