Ray Rider wrote:
natty_dread wrote:I've had a child aborted once. Me and the mother-candidate were both very young, and both in such a situation that we couldn't possibly have taken care of a child (both unemployed, etc). We figured that abortion would be the responsible choice, rather than to bring another unwanted child we can not care for in the world.
It was years ago, and I still sometimes think, maybe things could have gone a different way, and I could be a father now. I still sometimes count how old my child would be now if he/she had not been aborted. But I still think we made the right choice, given the circumstances.
The responsible choice should have taken place long before the abortion--it would have been to avoid getting pregnant until you were able to take care of the human life that you were entrusted with.
Ok, sure...no argument. However, they didn't make the responsible choice at that time. Does that mean they should then no longer continue to make responsible choices?
My wife and I got pregnant when I was a senior and she was a junior. We decided to get married and keep the child AND HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY LUCKY to stay married and to have been able to successfully raise that child. Frankly, if it hadn't been for the military, I'm pretty sure neither of those would have been very successful. But that's the key...we were lucky. We were some of the fortunate few. Too many times, people keep the child for the wrong reasons (we did not, fortunately both of our parents were supportive of our own decisions)...family pressures, etc...and that's when things go to shit.
Divorces are bad enough - when children are involved, they are typically tragic. And despite the "stay together for the kids" stories, the fact of the matter is that with children, a marriage is more likely to fail for financial reasons (the #1 marriage-killer).
Ray Rider wrote:"If there's even a question about when human life begins, isn't it our duty to err on the side of life?" --Ronald Reagan
I absolutely agree with erring on the side of caution in this matter. By the same token, I absolutely believe that making abortion illegal is NOT a case of erring on the side of caution, but rather an attempt by the Moral Repugnancy to force their own moral code on others.
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I have to tell you - that's a dumb statement.
...I prefer a man who will burn the flag and then wrap himself in the Constitution to a man who will burn the Constitution and then wrap himself in the flag.