Do you Agree or Disagree with the following statements:
1. Every woman has the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy regardless of when during the pregnancy. I’m conflicted, but I think my answer is ‘yes.’ If the baby could survive unassisted outside the womb, I feel uncomfortable about aborting the pregnancy. But, ultimately, that’s such a tricky thing to define I’d rather err on the side of the woman’s rights, not the baby’s.
2. Abortion should be allowed even beyond 24 weeks of pregnancy. Yes.
3. Parental consent should be required for any teen under the age of 18 requesting an abortion. No.
4. Women who have more than 5 abortions are irresponsible. Not inherently – everyone’s situation is different.
5. Women who have more than 10 abortions are irresponsible. Same as above.
6. Women should not use abortion as a form of birth control. I agree, but I don’t think there should be legislative actions or rules in place to push women in that direction.
7. I think reproductive health advocacy organizations should promote the use of emergency contraception in order to decrease the number of abortions in the US each year. Yes, but not because of reducing abortions is, in and of itself, a “good” goal. Rather, there are (to my limited understanding) a safer, less expensive way of preventing and aborting the pregnancy.
8. I feel uncomfortable if a woman has an abortion because of the gender of the pregnancy. I do. But (like number 6) I can’t imagine a legit way to legislate this out of existence that doesn’t cause more problems than it prevents.
9. Male partners should have the right to be a part of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. Erg. I think women (usually) have a moral imperative to bring the male partner into the discussion, but I don’t think that should be put into law.
10. I think a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion is an absolute and inalienable right no matter what.
I mean, I can think of ridiculous situations where I’d say “no, it’s not a right.” If aliens came and impregnated a woman with their baby and said they’d destroy the world unless she carried the child to term, sure. Lets prevent her from aborting to save the human race. But I can’t think of any real-world scenarios where I don’t think abortion should be an absolute right.
One more activity to sit with is an open-ended finish the sentence:
1. Abortions are: a medical procedure that we as a culture should simultaneously work to reduce their necessity – by encouraging people to use birth control – and work to reduce their stigma – by increasing education and access.
2. Women who have abortions are:. Period. I think that’s a complete sentence.
3. A woman facing an unwanted pregnancy needs to: I don’t really like sentences that have “need” in them. She “needs” to be able to have access to a healthcare system that will allow her to make an informed decision and not go into debt as a result.
4. In this country, abortion should be: safe, legal, rare.
5. People working to restrict abortion should: stop. For Pete’s sake.
6. People working on behalf of women’s right to choose should: work on educating those who are anti-choice, and keep fighting the good fight.