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My colleague Donna Trussell wrote last week about a statement that has become a political slogan "trending" on Twitter. Donna despairs over a mini political movement that consists of (over)sharing the four words, "I had an abortion," run together with a hash tag in front of it. She thinks the rhetoric is effective but deplores the precarious state of our human rights that require women to defend their privacy by exposing personal medical decisions. I agree with Donna's disappointment over #ihadanabortion but for different reasons.

As a child of the Woodstock generation, I remember a time when opposition to abortion rights was all but gone. In the late 1970s and throughout much of the 1980s, it seemed to me that people who opposed abortion were weirdos who drove trucks through major cities with huge signs depicting fetuses in bottles along with Biblical citations telling pregnant women (and others) that they were going straight to hell if they aborted their unborn children.

Since then, the term "unborn child" has become so much a part of the lexicon it's heard in love songs.
What happened? Sonograms. Once American women could see sonograms of the living creatures in their uteruses, they fell head-long in love with pregnancy and unborn children.

Well, typing #ihadanabortion into a cellphone could be the abortion-rights' movement's technological answer to the sonogram. By showing especially young women and teenagers that abortions are common, widespread and have improved the lives of many women, the hashtag meme acts as a technological counterpoint to the imagery brought home by a sonogram.

An unwanted pregnancy, particularly on the part of a teen who cannot tell her parents, is one of the loneliest things in the world. The beauty of technology is that a teen need not now be lured into a fake "Crisis Pregnancy Center," only to be cowed into foregoing abortion and be told one is a sinner.

Personally, I blame the churches that run these centers for the rise in unwed motherhood, because they successfully lure unwed teens and others into having children they are unprepared for or incapable of caring for. But that's for another blog entry, another time.

For now, it suffices to say that due to technology, a woman cowering in the corner may no longer feel alone. She can go on Twitter and see thousands of others who've had abortions and whose lives were made better by their tough decisions. In that sense, technology is a great ally.
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catalogsplus

I believe the one of the more distressing trends regarding abortion is how blase the left has become about it as if ending an innocent life is just a meaningless procedure. Yes, it is their right, but not with my tax money it's not. The far left increasingly ridicules God and hails abortion, and I agree that is their right. Just as it is my right to worship God and not support the life ending abortion of an unborn child.

November 08 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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scotch43

hey you're pro choice... cool...back when REAGAN was president, law was passed that no abortion would be paid for using tax dollars...that's still a law...planned parenthood that use to get subsidies from the government, provide many more services to women, including free or low cost birth control...money is not used for abortion...as far as the left regarding abortion as blase or meaningless procedure...I suggest you visit a clinic...you will find the exact opposite...the left is no less religious as the right..there is even a org. catholics for abortion...but glad to see you are prochoice....

November 08 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
catalogsplus

Thank you scotch43. I am pro-choice in the sense that I know morality cannot be legislated and the choices people make are between them, their conscience and God. Your stereotyping of them is deceptively simplified. Not all clinics discourage abortion. As for Catholics for Abortion - You can say you are Catholic for abortion, but you cannot be a true practicing Catholic and for abortion and they are only fooling themselves, not God. But we can agree God knows no political party and anyone can be a true Christian with the acceptance of Christ as their Savior. Cool, huh?

November 09 2010 at 12:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
critter8875

I saw the ultrasound; the zygote was smaller than the fibroids. Didn't change my mind.

November 08 2010 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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magnolja

So the fact that you son and daughter was still tiny is somehow your justification for killing him/her? I fail to see how size has any bearing on this matter. If I gain weight or get taller, I don't because more of a person and if I shrink or lose weight, I am still the same human being. So while at the time of you ultrasound, your child was small, he/she was still your child.

November 11 2010 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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