To depolarize abortion we need to stop debating it and discuss instead the underlying problems. Do not ask "Do you believe women have the right to abortion?" Ask instead, "Why would a woman ever be in the position she would need consider an abortion?"Why did the woman not have birth control?Why is adoption not an option?Why was this woman raped?Why can this woman not afford to raise her child?How did a 13 year old become pregnant?The pertinent question is "How is our society going to support women, children and families as we go forth into the 21st century?"Let's take the millions of dollars wasted on a fruitless discussion about the merits of a medical procedure no one wants and use that money to study and solve some of the profound problems of our society.If we would put this money into universal healthcare then all women could afford to go to the doctor and get effective birth control.If we put some of the effort into looking at our attitudes about adoption perhaps we could make it a tenable option for more women.If we had more supports in our towns and schools perhaps we could give teens something to do besides have sex.If we had more comprehensive sex education perhaps we could help young people know how to prevent pregnancy.If our culture didn't glamourize sex in the movies and on TV perhaps young people would respect themselves more and not feel the pull to have sex so young and so casually.If we had a better foster parent system perhaps we could justify bringing children into the world when their biologic parents aren't prepared to raise them.Let's stop hiding behind the "abortion" issue and ask ourselves how we are going to deal with the problems that create such crisis for women that sometimes abortion seems like the only way out.
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