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Thread #27282   Message #334539
Posted By: Bagpuss
04-Nov-00 - 02:39 PM
Thread Name: Abortion: Here we Go...
Subject: RE: Abortion: Here we Go...
I haven't read any of this thread at all, but I just wanted to say that the worst thing about the abortion debate is the polarisation between the two sides and the assumptions behind the motives of the other side.

After all, surely both sides would agree that abortion is a bad thing. Ie it is undesirable - nobody would actually choose to have an abortion, if they could have avoided getting pregnant in the first place. But instead of trying to work together to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies through better education, and contraception (though I can see why that is difficult, due to the official catholic stance on contraception), and enabling those who would choose to keep their children in better circumstances a chance to achieve those circumstances - we argue about whether or not it should be legal, and one side calls the other murderers, and one calls the other anti-women. It does no good. Nobody on either side of the debate ever seems to actually listen to the other side, so both sides resort to slogans and attacking eachother.

Instead of trying to solve the problem.

Apologies to anyone who has already made this point - but I didnt have time to read the thread.

Bagpuss