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Abortion and the recession

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Estimates vary, but it  looks like the abortion rate has ticked up with the recession. Would it be too crass to call abortion a countercyclical asset? Of course, it’s hard to be  more offensive than the anti-choice movement, as quoted at Double X:

“Americans, coming off years of hedonism and credit card spending orgies, are now increasingly aborting their babies who were unfortunate enough to be conceived during this economic recession,” Christian radio show host Ingrid Schlueter writes on her blog. “Gone is anything remotely related to the spirit of America past where difficulties were not solved by taking the coward’s or murderer’s way out, but by fulfilling one’s duty and taking responsibility for loved ones, no matter how hard the challenge.”

And who is Schlueter beating up on? Well, here’s a few heart-wrenching examples:

A pregnant woman in Oakland, Calif., already struggling to support three children and an unemployed boyfriend, couldn’t afford bus fare to the abortion clinic. “I just walked here for an hour,” she tells the clinic’s doctor. “I’m sure of my decision.” The same article quotes Stephanie Poggi, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, who says her clients are telling her: “‘I’ve already put off paying my rent, my electric bill. I’m cutting back on my food.’ They’ve run through all the options.”

Let me get this straight. It’s selfish and unpatriotic to have more children than you can support yourself, but both contraception and abortion are murder? Radical social conservatives present so few options for their followers; I really wonder how they manage to attract any supporters outside the top tax bracket.

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Written by Allison

18 May 2009 at 12:26 pm

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  1. The solution to an inconvenient child is to kill her? I have practiced what I preach as author of the offending post. We are expecting a baby–I am 42. Financially it is going to create hardship and the child is currently causing me serious health issues. The alternative was to kill the baby. I then get to keep my job of 20 years, keep my health and everybody would be happy. Except the dead baby, of course. Our family lives our pro-life ethic despite hardship and we have additionally adopted two abandoned children who were at least allowed to live. Murder is never an option to hardship. We recently got to see the “fetus” whose life we could take at any moment legally.

    God help women who think its progress for the sisterhood to be able to butcher your own baby because you can’t “afford” it. It’s barbarism, pure and simple.

    Ingrid Schlueter

    18 May 2009 at 8:27 pm

  2. Oh Ingrid you are so right! I’m going to tease you and tell you I can “one-up” you. I had my first at nearly 40 while my husband was in medical school. Our second was born when I was 41 “and a half” and our third when I was 43! Yes it can be a hardship and at our ages medical issues can surface. Killing the baby is the least helpful to anyone….least of all the dead baby and the mother who has had to harden her heart to kill the very baby whose heart beats within her! There are THOUSANDS of people wanting to adopt a baby so to say a baby would be unwanted is just a total rationalization. If a woman finds herself in a situation where she feels the baby would be just “too much” for her the option to give up the baby would really be best. Amazing, they can’t stomach the thouht of giving up the baby after they see him/her, but stripping him/her limb from limb in the womb is palatable? Go figure!

    Ann-Marie

    27 October 2009 at 11:34 pm


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