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Conversations From The Womb...

Updated on June 19, 2013
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Conversations From the Womb...


Dear Mr. President...

we are zygotes, and we have gathered here today to offer you our unique perspective on the pro-life/pro-choice debate - a topic very close to our, ummmmm....welll...you know....

Believe it or not, Mr. President - we zygotes hear a LOT of trash talk - even though we are but a cell or two..

After all - it is OUR futures that you loud and frightening, fully-formed-clusters-of-cells are incessantly arguing about - to the point of KILLING EACH OTHER over an embryo's 'RIGHT TO LIFE'...

HUH??

Now, don't get us wrong, Mr. President - there's NOTHING we zygotes would like better than to be allowed the opportunity to develop into blastocysts, embryos, fetuses - and finally - into unconditionally adored newborn treasures..


What a Life!
What a Life!
Choice IS Life!
Choice IS Life!

But...There are OTHER Factors to Consider Here..


For instance, Mr. President...

  • my mommy is one of millions of drug-addicted alcoholic single mother on welfare. I will be her fifth child. I will stay in the hospital a long time because i will be born pre-mature with a heavy addiction to meth-amphetamine. my mommy won't visit me because she's very busy drinking and my daddy won't visit me because nobody knows who he is. The state will pay my for extended stay and i will be neglected, under-developed, and slow to learn. i will, however - grow up smart enough to know that i was never wanted and never loved..

And...i will become withdrawn and angry...

Or for instance, Mr. President...

  • my mommy is one of millions of pregnant teenagers. By the time she has me - she'll be seventeen, and - she'll have been raped by Uncle John since she was twelve. my mommy's parents kicked her out when they found out she was pregnant with me, so - after i'm born we're going to go live with Uncle John and his third wife, Amber. Amber is nineteen years old - cause Uncle John likes it like that - and she is NOT happy about some teen-aged whore and her snot-nosed brat moving in with them. She doesn't know yet that Uncle John is also my daddy. I will grow up damaged - knowing i was never wanted and never loved...

And...i will become withdrawn and angry...

Or, for instance, Mr. President...

  • my daddy doesn't want me! He is a very busy man - and is usually VERY careful about protection, but - accidents happen - and i am his. The very thought of a child in his life enrages him to the point that his all-important career is suffering. He is already taking it out on my mommy and soon after i am born he will start taking it out on me, as well. i will grow up damaged - knowing i was never wanted and never loved..

And...i will become withdrawn and angry...


Nuff Said...
Nuff Said...

Please, Mr. President...


Please don't let 'THEM' force us to be born to parents who don't want us, can't afford us - and who - chances are - will either abuse us, neglect us - OR BOTH!

Don't be swayed by 'THEIR' rabid fervor, that - we - each and every one of us - has the makings to be 'The Next President of The United States' or to 'Discover the Cure for Cancer'.

Do 'THEY' really believe that after being shamed or forced into having us - that mommy and daddy are going to suddenly - magically - raise us to be confident, compassionate, contributing members of society?

When social services gets involved - it's too late - IT'S ALREADY BROKEN!

And, after we kick one too many cats, beat a classmate to a pulp - or rob our first convenience store - we can go to Juvie Hall where we can learn to be much BETTER criminals!

Eventually, we might even graduate to thieving, raping, pillaging, and hey, why not - even mass murder! we can instill fear and do wide-spread damage - until, FINALLY - we wind up being an even BIGGER burden to society - as we await our NEXT release from prison...


Uncle is Daddy Too...
Uncle is Daddy Too...

Please Make 'THEM' See...



Please make 'THEM' see that the mothers, who are already fully-formed autonomous beings - are MORE important than we single-celled zygotes - and their needs supersede ours - ALWAYS! Why should anyone - or anything - have more control over their bodies - than they themselves?

Make 'THEM' see that abortion has NOTHING to do with religion, but has everything to do with power and control!

Make 'THEM' see that the already spiraling crime rate - and all associated costs - would double, triple - quadruple! The prison system would be crippled, the population would explode, and health care costs would sky-rocket! We're already seeing the effects of kids being brought up virtually parent-less - living in dark rooms in front of violent video games!

Don't we have enough under-funded orphanages and over-populated jails?


Help Me Before I Hurt You..
Help Me Before I Hurt You..

Is This 'The Land of The Free' Or 'The Land of The Free MAN'?



In Closing, Mr. President...


Please ask 'THEM' where 'THEY'' disappear to AFTER the 'miracle of birth' is complete!

While 'THEY' stridently insist that we be 'BLESSED' with life - 'THEY' quickly wash 'THEIR' hands of any and all ensuing complications that arise AFTER the fact! Now - HOW CONVENIENT IS THAT?

'THEY' can create the mess and then turn 'THEIR' noses up at it - even going so far as to complain that the country would be a better place - IF ONLY PARENTS RAISED THEIR CHILDREN BETTER!

WOW!

"we are zygotes - warm in our mother's wombs - and yet - we are far from safe.."


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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Dear Dear Leslie.. we might not agree on some things and I don't agree with abortion but I hate to see children born in circumstances like you described.. so much hate and so much death.. so not the answer.. I have experienced the rape the hate and the unloved, but them I have experienced the love and forgiveness .. I pray everyone experiences the love and forgiveness.. everyone has the right to their own opinions .. so sorry the world is in the shape it is in.. makes me cry.. God Bless you my dear..

      sharing

      Debbie

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Excellent article. It's a difficult discussion because each side goes with his or her passion. We have to listen to the women who have to take that difficult decision. I am blessed that I never had to take this kind of decision but I am sure that most of the women who take that decision don't do it lightly. It's a psycological weight they carry with them for the rest of their life!

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      Howard Schneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very well done and amusing, ImKarn. The Social Conservatives have these "holier than thou" attitudes on abortion but also want to cut programs that would help these disadvantaged mothers. The decision should be the mother's, or as you state, fully formed zygote.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I do believe it should be up to the mother whether or not to abort. I do agree with everything you said on this Hub. So many children are born to mothers who can't afford to have children, and the state has to care for them from birth on.

      Voted UP.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      You have done it again Leslie! This is hard-hitting and sheds both heat and light on an explosive issue here. I am pro-choice and will always be. It is up to the woman to make that decision. As you point out, the other side does not come up with ways to raise the children they "save" and allow them to become productive human beings.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Superb... I wish others would see things from this perspective, especcially your first example of a child born addicted to drugs and into a life of misery. How is this better?? I comend you for having the strength to say these things.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Excellent look at how to many on the "pro-life" side their concern ends at birth!

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      TeaPartyCrasher 4 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Might I share this?

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Leslie... as usual you gave spoken an incredible truth, in a way that only you can present it... for there IS so much to think about on each side of this issue

      What a creative way to present your point!!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Pro choice...I do believe in it for the most part...Sometimes it is hard to when it is done randomly...However reading about these sad little kids makes me think twice. Well written and a topic that needs lots of thought.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      This is indeed a complex issue. Although the argument put forth here is compelling, I have to wonder if any zygote would argue for abortion. Life is life, and we cling to it, to the last, no matter our circumstances.

      I find disturbing that we argue that government stay out of this issue; yet many hide behind the laws that very same government writes, when it suits them.

      Finally, we argue that another person's rights end when those rights infringe upon our own. But who speaks for the zygote's rights? They are nonexistent, in deference to the mother's rights because it is HER body.

      Yes, she has rights, including the rights to say "no" to unprotected sex, to not party until she's unable to say "no." Yes, there are circumstances beyond her control, such as rape and incest, which is where the issue becomes complex. Or do we simply make it complex, with our man made laws, and our quest to insure our individual rights?

      This issue can be made infinitely more simple if we but considered all life sacred, as God commands. If we considered that, at some point, we will be held accountable by a higher authority than ourselves, and our government.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Ah, but, Wayne, who are we to make that determination for another? Are there not alternatives, such as adoption? If Joseph had Mary abort her child, where would we be today? Perhaps in more dire straights.

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      FyrFytr234 4 years ago

      Wow! Amazing hub. You make some very valid and hard hitting points. It was powerful, right on point and very interesting. Voted up and sharing.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DeborahBrooks: What a good friend you are Deb - first here - that's awesome! You and i don't need to agree on anything except that we care enough about the other to agree to disagree - and to listen with open minds and open hearts.

      love youxx

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Wayne: So your argument is that we're really doing these unborn lives a favor as justification for murder? That helps you sleep at night?

      All I'm saying is that this is a very complex issue; but you argue that we should make it simple by destroying the unborn, who have no one to advocate for their right to life, no matter the circumstances. That's cold.

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      Sam 4 years ago

      By this same faulty argument, it would be legitimate to kill human beings both before and after birth. This is not an argument for abortion, but an argument against poverty and rough situations.

      What you are saying is that based on what the child may or may not be, the mother may elect to kill or spare the baby. This will not persuade anyone who is anti-aprtion, as the issues surrounding abortion concern whether or not the embryo is alive. This is an excuse for murder, not a pro-life stance.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      You make a wonderful point, Sam, that if we legitimize abortion, why shouldn't we legitimize the death penalty for those at the poverty level, for being a drain on society.

      Wayne: to take a life to protect them from a potential life of poverty and abuse, in my opinion, is morally wrong.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jconrad1956: Excuse me for interrupting but - Abortion IS legitimized - remember??

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Sam: Hi, Sam - thanks for stopping by and of course - i respect your opinion..

      On the other hand - my post states legitimate social consequences that could argued that NOT aborting is also an excuse for murder..

      Please - drop by anytime..i enjoy a civilized, spirited conversation..

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      I understand that, ImKarn23. I should've written, with abortion legalized, why shouldn't we legalize the death penalty for those at the poverty level? If we do that, where does it end?

      BTW, are you a proponent of the death penalty?

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Well Leslie, I admire your creativity and the mind which proposes such passion without compromising the responsibility to think, however, on this particular issue I will defend my opposition to abortion in general. I would preface my comment by stating that I remain pro choice, but I do so, both for the mother and the unborn child. What ever consequences or rewards which come to settle upon the mother are hers and hers alone and I would support no law which might infringe upon her right to do so.

      Having said so much, because the unborn can not speak for themselves, those who can must take some responsibility to speak on their behalf. I can not presume whether they might wish to live or to die because of presupposed hardships any more than I can presume what those with out mental capacity might choose, or those who sleep eight in a room or those by virtue of geography are born in the midst of civil war, famine or any host of dreaded circumstance.

      Given the premise of your hub at first glance, I might well agree with its inherent conclusion and side with mothers who then are guilty of simply sparing the eventuality of a coming despair upon their unborn child. In doing so however, how do I confront the mother of a two year old who measures what lies ahead and makes a similar decision to spare her child the probability of coming despair. What of mothers who because of long and present famine see little future for their children or the mother who measures the circumstances of her life and cries herself to sleep at night because she faces the gloom of her child’s tomorrow?

      I wrote a hub entitled “The story of Zoe”. Her mother was my great niece. Bi racial, lesbian, drug addicted and homeless. She traded sex for drugs and gave birth to Zoe. When I picked Zoe up from the hospital, (1 day old) her mother was shackled to the bed with a sheriff in her room. We brought her home and my daughter adopted her last year. She is a wanted child, just not by her birth mother. She is healthy, vibrant, exceptionally bright and loved to pieces. There are millions of such stories. There are millions which end as you have alluded too. How do I discern which is which, who of them will rise as miracle or who of them will whither in despair. Until I know, I speak gently and tenderly on their behalf.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God, Leslie, I was worried. I read the first ten comments and there was no vile disagreements. I'm glad I got here late so I could read the comments that followed.

      I love Debbie! She doesn't agree, so she respectively says that and then tells you how much she respects you as a human being. Why is that so difficult? Leslie, I love you....Debbie, I love you. Perfect!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jconrad1956: Hello, and welcome JConrad!!

      Your thoughts and beliefs are your own and i recognize and respect that - but - as far as 'speaking for the zygote' - that's where we immediately part paths, my friend!

      Your belief that a single CELL requires any type of defense as far as it's LIFE goes - stymies me...i find it to be a 'human arrogance, in fact..

      you are clearly a religious man and while i commend you your faith - in my opinion - THAT'S exactly where the problem begins..

      There is not ONE interpretation of the bible that labels it as against abortion - and even the roman catholic church didn't out and out condemn it until the mid 1800's!

      Abortion has NOTHING to do with religion - but - certain religions (of which i would venture to guess you are a member of..) claim it as their own because it has EVERYTHING to do with control and power - which is what religions of all ilks do best..

      While i respect your right to believe that a singular cell or 2 requires your 'defense' - personally - i find it somewhat hypocritical that we humans put so much time and effort into a single cell - while children are being raped, abused - or simple starving on the streets right outside our windows - and WHOS STANDING UP FOR THEM?

      i just think energies could be better focused...

      i appreciate your taking the time to stop by and state your case so eloquently! Please - come again!..

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Wayne: Read Arb's comments above. I rest my case: There are as many cases where children find homes with loving parents, and rise above the status of their birth mothers. It is not up to US to decide for them, to play judge and jury, and God, thereby depriving from them the chance to become something better.

      Your argument that I eat an egg before it can become a chick is at best weak, at worst, pathetic. There is no comparison. If that is your best argument, then I pity those who side with you.

      To write a piece of fiction, from the perspective of a zygote pleading for its host-mother to take its life, is not only deplorable, but irresponsible.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      ImKarn23: There are many who stand up for the rights of the abused. Sadly, they are overworked and underfunded.

      Who can say when life begins? You, because the government writes a law that says "not before the second trimester?" When does our spirit take its seat within us? At the moment we first draw breath? When we first become self-aware? Or at the moment of conception? Until you or someone else can tell me, with conviction and proof, when a life becomes a life, I'll hold to my belief that it is not our place to decide for another, based on probability, that they will be born into a life of suffering. Whether or not it is a life, you would prevent that seed from taking root, from becoming a life, and no one has that right, not even with your attempted justification as being the humane thing to do.

      I come from a family in which my father failed to nurture me in many ways, and he is perhaps accountable for some of the poor choices I've made in my life; but I am still responsible for those choices. I struggle daily; but I'm grateful for my life, and I have much for which to be thankful. I'm perhaps most thankful that my parents didn't choose to eradicate my potential.

      One must have a permit to own a gun, a license to drive a car, even a license to wed, but anyone can have a child. Why not require classes and license in order to bring a life into the world? Because it's considered our constitutional right to have children in pursuit of the American Dream. But we can mandate that a zygote can be terminated before it can achieve maturity? How do you balance that?

      As others have stated in this string, many children rise above the station of life to which they were born to lead productive lives, to contribute to society, to become better human beings than are those who gave them life. So again, WHO ARE WE to make that decision for them? It's considered humane to put our pets down when they become ill; but we keep a human life alive when there is not hope for quality of life. Sometimes the greatest act of love is to let someone go. But it is not the greatest act of love, or compassion, to prevent a life.

      And I ask again: Where does this stop? At what point do we begin executing the homeless and those at poverty levels, because they are a drain on society, because of the possibility that they MIGHT commit a crime, steal food or money in order to survive?

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      To further my comments above: Wouldn't it be easier to mandate psychological tests to someone who comes from an abusive home to determine their frame of mind BEFORE they conceive a child?

      We don't do that because it's their constitutional right to have a child? To pay it forward the abuse to their own children? But we conveniently tell ourselves it's okay to terminate a potential life and that's more humane? I don't think so.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Why don't we neuter abusive men, castrate rapists, tie the tubes of women addicted to drugs? Wouldn't THOSE actions be more humane than abortion?

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Hello Leslie. Perhaps much of the misunderstanding reserved for us of faith comes not from what we believe but not knowing why we believe what we believe. I do not wish to impose my faith nor my religion upon those who have chosen another journey, however, it is important that you know why so many of faith believe as we do.

      "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mothers womb, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. You saw my unformed body; All of my days were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139

      For those of faith how can abortion not have something to do with religion? The God they profess, the God they follow says that we are to speak for the defenseless and He says that the Zycote, is known by Him, long before he or she is birthed, that He and He alone has written their days in the book of life. This isn't a statement of right or wrong for all the world. It is a statement of right or wrong for those of faith. If the greatness of this country evolved from the ashes of religious persecution, then is it not still a country where those of faith are free to practice their faith, to believe in its tennants without ridicule from those who choose another way? If I am to defend your right to your way, are you not to defend my right to my way and in doing so, do we not preserve the hope of civilization. If so, can we understand one another without agreeing with one another. I seek no power or control from religion in order to preside over the life of any individual. Does my disagreement in this issue seek your agreement or simply your understanding. Does my opinion threaten the credibility of those who differ or does it simply state that I exercise, as does the woman choosing abortion, the right to choose one position or the other.

      I choose mine and it is faithful to the God I choose to follow. You choose yours and it is faithful to the tennants which direct your life. I do not suppose that I am right or that you are wrong. I respect the thought process which has led you to believe as you do. It is persuasive, it is logical and it is lucid. I am dissapointed that we of faith are seen in such a diminishing light for adhering to our convictions. If I have failed to honor your conviction, your right to express it or have in any way provided ridicule in response to your effort to present a noble case for your opinion, then I apologise.

      It is my hope, that such friendship is never contingent upon the promise of agreement, rather that it rely in the mutual respect of thinker to thinker, of writer to writer and between hearts comitted to hearing one another.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      It occurred to me to ask why we don't neuter abusive men or castrate rapists. Why don't we tie the tubes of drug addicted women? Wouldn't that be infinitely more humane? But because they have rights, and have advocates for those rights, we leave them be, to commit the very atrocities you seek to prevent through abortion?

      In this string we arbitrarily assume the right to abort a zygote on the presumption that it is not a life and therefore does not deserve the same rights as the sick individuals listed above? In my opinion, their rights should be protected above all others for the simple fact that we can't know who they may become and what greatness they might contribute to society.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      So you presume to know more than God?

      The Bible makes it clear that David and Jeremiah were human and known to God while they were in the womb, PRIOR to being born:

      “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them (Psalm 139:13-16, NKJV).

      Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

      “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

      Before you were born I sanctified you;

      I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

      In the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament), a term translated about 26 times as infant(s) or child or little one is the Hebrew word 'owlel. That word is used for unborn infants in Job 3:16; hence, God considers unborn infants to be living human beings—children. We don't, and that makes us right?

      We’re arrogant in presuming we know more than God simply because we understand how life is created, even though we haven’t a clue as to how the universe was created or why we are here. But we arbitrarily assign a number to WHEN life starts.

      THAT’s arrogance.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Well, hard to think what to say about this! I think most of us feel quite desperate when we see how fractured families are, and the sad lives that many children have to bear. I frequently mourn the fact that all children do not have the same privilege and advantage in life. Perhaps the real sadness is that society is moving more and more towards an attitude that anything goes, and there seems to be no feeling of shame when children are not treated properly. I know that my feelings will not change any of that. The only thing I can do is try to help children, by encouragement and teaching. My background is in early childhood education. I believe education is the key, and support to families is also crucial. The child who is disliked and punished becomes the parent who cannot give anything to a child. Very sad.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      A difficult topic presented from a unique viewpoint. I think the point being made in the comments has more to do with Right to Birth rather than Right to Life.

      I know many people who consider themselves Pro-Life who are not only pro-birth but are truely Pro-life... their actions and votes show that... and those people are religious too.

      However, if one is against birth control, votes for those who want to close the Department of Education, defund HeadStart, defund Free Lunches for poor kids... anti Health Care for all children... and their parents, think Rape is not such a big deal... whether perpetrated by a parent, relative, stranger or religious leader, I could go on. Those people are Absolutely Not Pro-Life, I don't care what religion they profess to be.

      I personally am right now pro-choice... it would save many more 'lives' if those who think they are pro-life were FOR birth control. The Government funded a study where free birth control of all types was made available in several poor neighborhoods over a period I believe of 3 years... abortions went down 75%. Because the girls and women who Chose birthcontrol Didn't get pregnant.

      As for the Palms quoted... these are poems written by people they are not written by God. In the Hebrew Bible... there are 4 sections... The first 12 books being the Laws of God. That is the Torah. The Psalms are beautiful poems written by human beings some praising women, sex and in the passage quoted... this persons 'feelings' of whabout God and the unborn child.

      The Old Testiment purports to be a literal translation of the Hebrew Bible... which was written by or dictated by or inspired by God... one presumes 'God' doesn't make mistakes.

      Having spent years reading the history of Christianity... I can tell you that the Hebrew Bible was Canonized (meaning 'no more' changes...) literally much more than 1000 years before the Catholics finally Canonized (no more changes) which they didn't do until after the Protestants broke away... The King James Bible was written or published or started in 1611...

      Catholics include ... but most of the

      A Right to Life includes a life of at least enough to eat, some place to live, some kind of health care, and an abuse free if not loving family.

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      Please exclude the last 3 lines of my comment above... I didn't get the edit finished in time... what I meant to say....

      The Catholic Bible includes different sections of the original Hebrew Bible than the Protestants do. They both have chosen which of the original texts best support their view. There have been literally thousands of Bible Translations and here in America there are literally thousands of different 'Christian' and even a few different Catholic traditions/beliefs.

      It is wonderful to have Faith, it does amazing things... and some of the Faithful are truely Christ like. But to hold your religion up as an excuse to fight to take away a 'Right' from anyone, when 'God's Word' nowhere supports such a determination...? Remember Jesus who wanted the poor and the lame and the children especially to be cared for... if you are against having your tax dollars do the Christian thing... then you really have no right to consider yourself Pro-Life, cause Jesus certainly wouldn't consider you so. You are just Pro-Birth.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      HLPhoenix: I am SO pro birth control, but not by way of abortion.

      I'm not sure to what you refer by "having your tax dollars do the Christian thing." Do you mean that abortion is a Christian thing, if it saves a baby from being born to a drug-addled mother or an abusive father?

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Written in your typical style (which I like). I feel somewhat a coward, in my opinion. I feel this should be entirely a female matter.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I don't believe in abortion either, but there are exceptions to the rule such as cases like the ones you have mentioned or when the mother's live is in danger. voted up!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      mother's life

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Wow, this is so powerful and I love the way you write. I'm sure this hub will have many comments. It's about a subject people have different opinions on. I could not agree more with you. Debbie, Bill, Leslie ... you are wonderful people!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Imkarn, another powerful, and very potent write. Yes it would be so wonderful if every child was wanted and loved, if the planet had unlimited resources and we lived in a perfect world. Unfortunately, we have to live in the real world, where we must make the hard decisions. Even in nature a mother bird would throw a fledgling out of the nest so that the stronger will have a better chance of survival. Many women will sadly experience a spontaneous abortion within the first 20 weeks of gestation, most commonly due to chromosomal abnormalities in the first trimester. Although this can be devastating sad, sometime it is nature telling us something is wrong. I'm not saying we should emulate the birds or abort perfectly healthy fetuses, but every woman should have the right to choose, I don't like the idea of abortions, but I support a woman's right to choose what happens to her body.

      Imkarn, much Kudos to you, you do not shy away from the hard ones. Great job.

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      Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Superb article, as always my friend. Guns, rape, crime, lousy parenting and abortion are the "hot topic" issues you so passionately strike out at and you do it so well.

      People become so entrenched and rigid in their thinking. By and large it is men who are the catalysts with a pro life agenda and are fervently pushing for a reversal of Roe v Wade. Their "my way or the highway" attitude is so frustrating for them when they can't get their own way.

      Although I understand some are against abortion, what I don't get is why they feel the need to impose their will against the female populace. You are correct...it all comes down to control and suppression of women's rights.

      Why don't you fillies understand? Men finally let you vote and drive and KABOOM, now you have the audacity - the unmitigated gall - to want control over your bodies too! Geez, you were meant to be barefoot, pregnant, in the kitchen, bedroom, laundry room, donning a kerchief while you hang garments on a clothesline, raise a litter of kids and dang it, make sure dinner is on the table for the kings when they arrive home. After all, the guys are tired when they get home from scratching out a living so you women folk have a roof over your heads and a little "pin money." What more could you gals possibly want?

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Most interesting, I don't believe in abortion, falling pregnant is a decision one has to make on their own not be so helpless and decide later if they want to keep the infant or not. Any drug addict mother should think about her situation before falling pregnant.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Wayne: I’m against capital punishment. I’m against sending young men into battle to die. I’m against child abuse in any fashion, including molestation. Therefore, by your definition, I AM pro-life.

      I am NOT brainwashed and the only thing you’re right about is that you are NOT politically correct in calling me that. I don’t believe in organized religion; that doesn’t mean I can’t believe in SOME of the teachings in the bible. The world would be a far better place in which to live if more people read the book.

      You write that we should “Put all your energy into making sure that there are NO UNWANTED babies born!” Isn’t that what I’ve been saying in my comments in this string? Psych tests for those who were abused as children to see if they’re fit to bring new life into the world, castration for rapists and child molesters, tying the tubes of drug addled women.

      I wasn’t a planned baby, nor was my sister. I could argue that we were both unwanted children. Maybe you’d argue that my parents should’ve terminated our lives. Most babies are unplanned. Should we terminate all of them on the chance that they’ll be abused once they come into the world? Isn’t that a great plan? It would help control the world’s population and save the planet’s resources at the same time.

      Your talk about freedom of choice while you advocate taking the freedom of choosing to live from a zygote—that’s rich. One thing you conveniently failed to speak to is, if we legalize abortion to protect children from abuse and being born into poverty, why don’t we legalize the death penalty for the homeless because they’re a drain on society and are a risk to turn to a life of crime in order to survive?

      You resort to name calling and your arguments lose any power, Wayne, because I can’t respect anyone who attacks my beliefs and tells me I’m brainwashed. Nor am I a hypocrite. For all you know, I’m a vegan.

      Your rant against religion is pathetic. I’ve read the bible, cover to cover. Have you? Christ tore up the temple not because he was against religion—he overturned the tables because they’d turned his father’s house into a market. I understand what the bible is, and it’s not a perfect document. Even if it was originally written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, as many claim, it’s been translated many time into many languages. Doesn’t mean that the lessons it contains aren’t good lessons.

      You think you blew my mind by putting forth that God is not a Christian? Guess again. I’m way ahead of you. Christianity was created by man.

      You’re a moron for asking, “Where was God when Sandy killed innocent men, women and children?” You might as well ask, “Why does God allow suffering in the world?” “Why does God allow innocent children to be born to crack-whores?” “Why does he allow abortions?” If there is suffering in the world, it’s because WE allow it.

      I left comments in this string, as I was invited to do so. I’ve put forth opinions with which others have agreed, and others have disagreed. I haven’t attacked anyone’s opinion or beliefs, as you have mine. We still have freedom of expression in this country. My mind is open; it’s yours that is closed. Your half-baked rant is proof of that.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Jeesh, Wayne. No one in this string claims that a child should ever be abused. But who are you to speak for a zygote, going so far as to claim that, if they knew what was in store for them, they'd WANT to be aborted? That's a sick argument for abortion.

      Birth control, yes, I'm in favor of that; but abortion as a means of birth control, no. That's not a human right. If it were, then you would be forced to consider the rights of the unborn. Claiming it's not a life until it draw its first breath, or only after the first trimester, is a weak argument. When the sperm fertilizes the egg, life results. And even if you don't believe that, abortion prohibits the process of life, it stops that zygote from, to coin a phrase, being all that it can be.

      Isn't it strange that I must sign a legal document authorizing someone to make medical decisions for me in the event I'm incapacitated, but a woman is free to make a decision for an unborn child, without its consent? Leave out the religious aspects if you must, but can you honestly claim that there isn't something immoral about that?

      And by the way, Christ did, too, believe in the church. He was, after all, it's founder. He referred to it as his bride.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Jon you are so right Christ did believe in the church He was the founder .. Abortion is wrong to me.. but abusing innocent children is wrong too. there is so much wrong in this world.... We need the Lord to help us..

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Powerful,strong.,gripping and spot on Leslie my friend.

      Another amazing gem which leaves much food for thought and gets straight to the point.

      I vote up, across and share to FB pages and all around.

      Eddy.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Such a daring article for a hub and I applaud you. I had such a conversation with a dear cousin not long ago, and it was insisted to me that, even if someone is raped, they "should" go ahead and have this child and give it up for adoption. No thought at all about whether or not this child could be born with a substance abuse problem, or even a thought for the mother's mental stability in such a situation. I am against abortion as a means of birth control; but I am "pro choice" when it comes to the individual circumstances. Education for birth control would be a good thing, first and foremost.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Agreed, Deborah; both abortion and child abuse is wrong. So why do those who support choice feel that two wrongs make a right? They hide behind the facade of human rights while at the same time denying the unborn the very rights they defend. And then justify it by claiming a zygote is not really a life. Maybe it's not; but abortion robs it of any chance at becoming a life.

      I wonder if the pro-choicers would still feel that way if there were some way to create a digital program to show the development of the zygote into a fetus and, eventually, a newborn, a sort of time-lapse photography.

      I'm wise enough to understand that this not a black and white issue. There are instances when abortion might be the only choice; if, for instance, the mother's life is at stake should she carry to term, or incest, or even rape. But to justify abortion here as humane, as a way to protect an unborn child from potential abuse, is unfathomable to me.

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Wayne: you're unable to further your argument with facts so you attack me, call my view myopic, tell me I've been brainwashed. Your arguments leave your point MOOT (not mute).

      I've looked at the whole picture, Wayne, and I've admitted that this issue is not black and white, that abortion, in SOME cases might be the best choice.

      Your opinion that a wide angle lens be used is a poor analogy, because what you're saying is that abortion can be used by any woman no matter how she got pregnant. Forget to take her birth control pill? Whoops. Get an abortion. A teen girl gets drunk at a party and ends up pregnant? Whoops. Get an abortion. Abortion allows anyone and everyone to avoid taking responsibility for their life.

      I'm against abortion as a means of birth control. I'm against people like you, who can't spell or construct sensible sentences to further their point of view, who resort to personal attacks, and I'm against the rationale you put forth: that we are doing the humane thing, that we are protecting an unwanted child from abuse by destroying it and everything it can become. You continue to avoid my other point: When do we resort to the death penalty for the homeless on the chance that they might become criminal?

      I understand what unwanted means. Not everyone who doesn't want their child is going to abuse them or leave them in a dumpster. Many unwanted children grow up to lead productive lives and become wonderful parents. WHO ARE YOU TO DECIDE THAT NONE OF THEM GETS THAT CHANCE?

      I'm finished debating with you, Wayne. At some point, I become the bigger fool for arguing with a fool.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      A powerful piece of work, and what a controversial subject to tackle! Leslie Silverman puts it out there with an unmatched zeal and courageous conviction that is seldom found in journalism. Whether you agree or disagree with her position, one has to admire her crafty literary skill and the way she delivers it! Kudos!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Kidscrafts: Hello, my friend - so good of you to stop by! Very true - both sides are very passionate..

      What they don't seem to understand is that I (for instance) am NOT pro-ABORTION - i'm simply pro-CHOICE...

      it's not like i rub my palms together thinking - oh boy let's kill some babies today - it's more along the lines of - OK - let's NOT disrespect the rights, needs, and feelings of some pregnant women today..

      Killing comes in many forms (ruining somebody elses life is a form of it) - and yet - they are ONLY concerned with not 'killing' a handful of cells - if that - even when NO ONE has the definitive answer of when 'LIFE' actually starts...

      Just cause the pope says it's so - don't make it so - AT LEAST NOT TO ME, cause GUESS WHAT? I don't follow the pope OR his religious beliefs..

      Does that count for anything mr. pope or - do you still feel you have the right to govern MY body too?

      and round and round we go..

      Have a wonderful day, my friend..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @HSchneider: Lol..you're the first to use the word amusing - and - it was meant to be both thought provoking - and just ateeny bit humorous..

      it's hard to put abortion and haha together...ya know?

      I couldn't agree with you more - NOTHING else makes any sense!

      Nice to 'see' you, mystery man!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Mary615: Hi, Mary - lovely to see you, dear!

      If these zealots think every zygote is a precious life worthy of every liberty - WHY are they also against sex education in school and birth control? Perhaps that might solve a lot of the issue - EDUCATION and ACCESS...

      Hmmmm? But, no - it's ONLY about the CELL and it's right to live..

      Pfffffft....

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Xstatic: Hello X - my hubcorner gets a little brighter when you come to visit!

      Love your comment X - you're a man who 'gets it' - and that speaks to your confidence as well, btw - you don't feel the need to 'mass control' the female population...

      And - thanks for that! LOL...

      personally - i find these zealots more than a little brainwashed - their math doesn't add up - their priorities are off - and yet - that's what brainwashed people do - just soldier on with the indoctrinated rhetoric - and then - it's usually anger and name-calling - cause the rhetoric is all they got..

      they can't answer the hard questions - and they are easy to anger and outbursts..

      it's not their fault - they've been drinking the kool-aid since they were IN THE WOMB...

      The darwinian theory of evolution - and all the facts to back it up - has yet to impress someone who thinks god snapped his fingers and - here we were..

      it's frightening...they think we need MORE religion to make the world a better place - and i think we need FAR less..

      there's a definite disconnect here...LOL..

      They think i'm gonna roast in hell - and i don't believe there is one..

      OOPS...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Bizarrett81: Hello, dear...to their way of thinking - LIFE is better - period..

      LIFE is precious - period..

      And after LIFE has been successfully brought into the world - they're off trying to cut funding for the things they need..

      it's absolutely insane..

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      I am pro choice, I feel it is important to the health of the woman to be able to make the choice. I feel it would be taking us back to the dark ages it we force our women to go back to the back alleys or mexico to have unlicensed and unsafe medical procedures (pardon the use of our women, since no one is anyones property.) It is embarrasing to look back to this time that was not very long ago, when womans health and choice was up to the men who owned her.

      Public health policy is there for the PUBLIC health not to enforce morality (which is relative) or try to fix something that will always be an issue facing woman, (NEVER a man). Jamie

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @TeaPartyCrasher: Well, thank you, sir!

      Yes..their focus is horribly narrow and flawed...

      i only hope one - or 2 - just stops to question something...anything...

      or - perhaps widens their 'scope' to include the needs of the fully developed zygote - the 'mother'..

      (god-forbid?)...hmmmm...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @TeaPartyCrasher: PLEASE DO!

      LOL

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @LaurinzoScott: Hey Laurinzo - welcome!

      I agree - it's a VERY contentious issue - which - is why i was a coward and let the zygote do the talking..

      LOL..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Carol7777: Hello dear...

      'Randomly'? do you mean when abortions are used as birth control? If so - i agree 100%..

      But, therein lies another issue that is adjacent to abortion: EDUCATION!

      The same folks who want every 'precious zygote' to come full term - are the same ones who dont want sex educaiton in schools and are usually against birth control as well...

      Basically - they'd like to have sex wherever and whenever they want - cause they THE MEN, but - they're certainly making it difficult for WOMEN to be able to have sex - and NOT get pregnant..

      Perhaps they should consider that if women won't have sex because they don't want BABIES - there's not gonna be much sex for them either..

      HELLO???

      Lol...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @WayneWilkins: Lol...Wayne - tell me how you REALLY feel - could ya? haha...

      I know you have had a lifetime of 'education' in this very sad field of abused and unwanted children..

      I know from where your passion springs..

      You also know there are those who SO disagree with you..

      I'm not one of them...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @FyrFytr234: Sigh...i'm SOOOOO glad you like this one - being a conflicted half-cath...

      Maybe being only 'half' catholic - you only have 'half' the guilt?

      lol..just a thought...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @jconrad1956: Yes, i am a proponent of the death penalty...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Arb: my friend- i adore your compassionate and tempered approach to deeply sensitive subjects such as this..

      You are a fine man with a fine mind - and it makes for a fine combination!

      Your story hurts my heart AND makes me smile - i am sooo happy for Zoe..

      Yet, you know as well as i that for every story of that nature - there are a million of the opposite..

      To me - it comes down to the WOMAN'S desires - and that's where it ends..

      i'm a big believer in sex education but - the same people who oppose abortion - opposite sex ed in schools..

      i'm a big believer in contraception -but -the same people who opposite abortion - opposite contraception..

      WHAT"S A WOMAN TO DO, EXACTLY? AND WHY CANT SHE DO WHAT SHE WANTS - just like any man does - and WOULD DO - if HE carried the babies..

      you and i both know that to be the truth...

      You speak gently and tenderly on the unborn's behalf, Arb - but you also speak gently and tenderly on the woman's behalf..

      I re-iterate - you are one hell of a man!

      Thank you for taking the time to visit - and to grace us with your amazing compassion, insights, and intelligence!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Billybuc: Bill...i love Debbie Too! And yet - she and i agree on basically - NOTHING...lol..(altho...i must say i believer her opinions on some topics are...evolving...shall we say - OR - i'm just a bad influence..LOL)..

      And yet - we love each other, deeply respect each other - and can talk about ANYTHING..

      Now...what does that tell ya?

      Thanks for visiting, Bill - i am always humbled as i know you're a busy busy man!

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      A wide angle lens fails to take in the nuances of what's morally right. Just because the law allows for something doesn't make it morally right.

      I've known plenty of woman who considered abortion, but, when the baby was born and they held that tiny life in their arms, they were glad that they didn't. I've known other women who were sorry and scarred for life for aborting a life, and regretted it forever.

      To claim that an unwanted baby, at conception, is reason to end that potential life when there is a likelihood that that life will be loved and cherished is morally wrong. Not all unwanted babies end up abused and unloved.

      This isn't an issue of right-wrong, yes-no, true-false. One can't lump this as all right or all yes.

      I'm proud to try to live my life as a Christian, and as a smart American who listens to most smart opinions, I understand the stupidity of those who accuse others of stupidity in their failed efforts to further their own argument with logic.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jconrad1956: Sigh...i was hoping it wouldn't come to this mr. conrad..

      i was really hoping we could just agree to disagree and maintain a level of civility and respect, but - i've learned from experience that folks like you - you know - the kind that is BOUND FOR LIFE to what he's been spoon-fed from birth - always seems to devolve into anger and name-calling..

      I've given it a lot of thought - considering i write about politics, gun control, abortion, gay rights, etc.. - and have come to a few conclusions which i'm sure you'd love to hear...

      The bottom line is that your attacks and your fervor come from the fact that you have very little to stand on - and can't tolerate hearing the truth..

      You discount women for single-cell organisms - and then - you discount the now-birthed ex-single-celled organism by ONLY caring THAT it is born - not what it is born INTO - and off you go to 'SAVE' another single-celled organism..

      who cares if food stamps are becoming harder to get? NOT YOU!

      Who cares if the price of child care is unaffordable? NOT YOU!

      Who cares that TOO large a percentage of those 'precious' lives you save are on the streets STARVING TO DEATH and selling their bodies to LIVE the LIFE you've BLESSED THEM WITH? NOT YOU!

      who cares if the woman's entire life is ruined and takes it out on her 'precious' child? NOT YOU!

      who cares if his/her mother can't get birth control and will be back for another abortion next year - cause, HEY - the same church (and the ONLY church) that says that life starts with a single cell - DOESN"T want women to be taking contraception measures either..

      NOT YOU! You're very busy working diligently to shame or forbid the next woman into having her 'precious' child!

      btw..eating the egg before it turns into a chicken is a PERFECT example - WHY are we humans so arrogant that we think OUR lives are more important than anything else' s life..

      LIFE IS LIFE, no? Or...only HUMAN life counts...

      Now - THAT'S pathetic..

      What else? Oh, yes - let's not forget - sex education in school is the work of the DEVIL!

      Now, i realize your indoctrination began before you were even aware of it - and nothing i (or wayne, or anybody else..) can say or do to point out the many flaws in the thought process - BUT - do NOT come here, sir - and call MY FRIENDS pathetic or tell me that writing this was 'DEPLORABLE and IRRESPONSIBLE" - cause now - you've gone and pissed me off..sigh...

      This hub was written BECAUSE of the MULTITUDES of pro-life ads featuring A FETUS IN A WOMB BEGGING FOR LIFE!!!

      Now - i'm guessing you think THAT"S jest fine and dandy, eh, mr. conrad?

      You pro-lifers who don't give a damn about the woman - the life - the predicament - NOTHING - you tell ME i can't write an article with a zygote doing the talking - but - YOU GUYS CAN DO IT ALL DAY LONG?

      I think, sir - that next time you utter words like 'pathetic' and 'deplorable' - you might want to take just a quick glance in that mirror!

      PS. I am not FOR abortion - i am FOR the right of a woman to CHOOSE!

      have a nice day, mr. conrad..

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      There are many truths, mine and yours, and those in between. I'm not force-feeding anyone my opinions, merely debating.

      I'm not the only one in this string who has taken to personal attacks.

      Good day to you.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @WayneWilkins: Oh, Wayne - you know what's in those books - it must be the 11th Commandment - Thou Shalt Not Perform Abortion...

      (im sorry...can i giggle?...too late...)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @WayneWilkins: Annnnnnd - it was the men who won whichever war was raging at the time...

      there is but one purpose - keep the masses controllable through fear and guilt..

      Kool-aid, anyone?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @HLPhoenix: Hi, goah - thank goodness you're arrived - you're just in time!

      Forget the bible - even the catholics didn't abolish abortion until the 19th century..

      it's not the bible - it's the RELIGION - it's the POPE and his boys, not the bible, and certainly not 'god' - whatever that is..

      The catholic church fought and schemed to own the world - and while they failed miserably - for some reason - they still think they own it and run it..

      the arrogance is just...jaw-dropping! The narrow lens is a pin-head! The indoctrination left no room for doubt or questions..

      An ego and arrogance of this magnitude - and from an entity that has the AUDACITY to judge others while perpetrating one of the BIGGEST CHILD RAPE SCANDAL SINCE JESUS WALKED THE EARTH - is simply mind-boggling..

      MIND-BOGGLING..

      But, HEY - that zygote is PRECIOUS???

      excuse me, but - LOL at the sheer hypocrisy...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @jconrad1956: 'Who can say when life begins? YOU?"

      How bout YOU, mr conrad? Or..how bout your CHURCH? They certainly are insistent and strident as to when life begins, you must agree?

      Interesting, that you think it's humane to put a fully-developed human down at end-life to prevent suffering...

      So...life isn't quite as precious after it's 'Blessed Birth', is what you're saying - just as i have concluded already from your commentary..

      YOU"RE MAKING OUR POINT HERE, mr. conrad - you're a hypocrite.

      Making the unborn child's - OR THE MOTHER"S - life intolerable - HOW does this differ from the man you would so compassionately put down? THEY ARE SUFFERING TOO...

      Don't bother citing to me the 3 examples of children who 'lifted themselves' from the circumstances of their birth - it would take too long to cite the ZILLIONS of examples to the contrary..

      As far as your going ON and ON about executing homeless, or shooting poverty levels - You need to give your head a shake and hope that the hysteria stops!

      Roe v Wade has been a fact since 1973 - and even though i think it's ridiculous that such a law was necessary to protect the rights of women that have already been granted protection in this so called 'land of the free (MEN)' - i beileve we can all agree that in the ensuing 40 years - no homeless have been harmed in the making of this law...

      you've devolved from the ridiculous to the even more ridiculous, sir..

      you're entitled to your beliefs so my advice to you would be - NEVER GET AN ABORTION - and leave the rest of us alone!

      I'm done discussing this with you - i may as well go find a nice hard wall to bang my already bruised and battered forehead against...

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Arb: I replied at length to your last comment, but feel the need to tell you that our friendship will NEVER be contingent on our agreeing on everything, sir..

      the fact is that 'friends' manage to discuss issues they don't agree on with mutual respect and open-mindedness..

      quite honestly - i rather enjoy being wrong once in a while...it means i've learned something(hopefully), and - it seems like almost...(omg, do i dare?) almost a 'RELIGIOUS' experience to have to say 'I'm sorry'...

      (lol..i'm sorry...)

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @lovedoctor926: Hi, Doc! I didn't write anywhere that i 'believe in abortion'..because - i don't!

      What i do believe in, however - is a woman's right to govern her own body - just like men have the right to govern theirs..

      Did you read what it says on the 'ebay t-shirts' on the hub?

      They say: "I didn't come from YOUR rib - YOU came from My vagina"..

      lol..nuff said..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Mhatter99: Martin - that is not cowardly - that's the bravest thing i've heard all day! THANK YOU!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Made: Hello dear - welcome! Thank you for the kind words, Made and you're right - it's somewhat controversial..(understatement...lol)

      It's nice to just be able to say: Thank YOU!

      share if you care!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Tobusiness: SO well said, Jo! Wow! my hub coulda been a lot shorter if i'd have read your comment first..haha..

      Like i said - I'm not pro-ABORTION - i'm pro-CHOICE!

      Thanks for the moment of peace, dear..

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am a firm believer in a woman's right to choose. Preferably i would hope for the need not to exist. We have a morning after pill that expells any substance pertaining to a cell. It is used all over the world except in the USA, yet we sell male enhancement pills that produce a sperm that invades an uninvited territory. After working in the field of nursing, i have seen the many ways women have attempted self-abortion, coat hangers, pencils, laxatives, etc.. I have also witnessed the abuse of babies who were born to women and men who did not want them. It is time for us to realize that all women and men are not meant to have children. For those who preach it is a sin, let them be the first to come forward and claim a child who suffered from fetal ingestation abuse. It is not a pretty picture, although a beautiful wanted baby is the most beautiful gift anyone could recieve. Blessings Leslie...

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      Jconrad... no I didn't mean abortions when I said... if you are against spending your tax $ on christian things... I was referring to the things Jesus supported... caring for the poor, the sick, the lame... and especially the children... I believe people have the right to be pro-choice or as they call it pro-life, but I also believe that if they are done with the child and its mother once the child is born... if they use their vote to elect folks who want to dismantle head start, or school lunches or as Mrs Romney said get rid of the Department of Education... then these children cease to be 'souls' worth saving... I believe that is un-Christian. I believe in providing free birth control to poor people because birth control prevents pregnancy... no pregnancy no abortion. I believe in sex education not 'Abstinence' never worked in any age... if kids understand how the body works... maybe a fear of pregnancy will work better than a fear of God... cause that sure isn't keeping religious kids from getting pregnant. Lets really be Pro-LIFE like Jesus... lets work to raise up the downtrodden ... Those who are done with the care, health and security of the child once born are not pro life they are just pro Birth. The Real Pro Lifers want every child born to have an equal opportunity.

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      susan 4 years ago

      great article .. women, get educated! Don't repeat the pattern .. break the pattern

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      I believe in prevention, too, and that includes sterilization. It would save a lot of grief. But I don't believe anyone of us can "Just know that these zygotes would not wish to be born." How can anyone know what anyone else thinks or wishes, especially when they believe they're not a life anyway?

      On the other end of the spectrum: Yes, I believe that if a person has a living will, expressing that they don't wish to be kept alive by machine, then, yes, they should be allowed to die. It is THEIR CHOICE. Unlike the arguments here that make the choice for the zygote.

      No, I don't know when life begins, I've already stated as much. The government doesn't either. They simply made a ruling. Since no can know at what point we become "alive," I think it best to err on the side of caution.

      Even if a zygote isn't "alive," by destroying it, you eradicate any chance it has to become a life. How is that any different than someone walking into a school with a gun and shooting a roomful of first graders? You take from them any chance to achieve maturity.

      I'm sure there are more than "three" babies that ended up "wanted" by their parents after they initially considered abortion because they didn't want them. Just as I'm certain there aren't "zillions" born to abusive families.

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Try this on for size. If we are daring to go into this hot topic with all of our own thoughts and opinions, here's another one. Since the death of my husband I have done all kinds of research into the spiritual world. One of the things I have seen over and over and over again is "that we are all spirit first, and then we come into a physical body."

      Also "that we plan our life before we come here - to experience and learn life's lessons." Dare I to say something else that I have read and that is that "we choose our parents." Not only that, "we know that we may not actually be born - 'this time' - but that we may just want the experience of being in the womb - knowing full well that we will not be born - 'this time'."

      It is well known that psychics have shown that in some fetuses who have not made it through full pregnancy, oftentimes their spirit has come into the fetus of a second pregnancy." WHAT IF - all of this was chosen by ourselves before we came here. What would all this arguing be about???

      Just another view, fromwhere I sit!

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      Lynda 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ Wayne Wilkins. I feel like we are hyjacking this post, and don't want to do that - but found your reply very interesting. I so believe there is more to life than what we are seeing - the experiences I have had with the spirit of my husband are amazing - and I won't comment here - because it is not my post. But you can check me out if you like. My moniker Craiglyn is a combination of my husband Craig's name and my name Lynda. Much to talk about and/or discuss. : )

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Vickiw: Hello Vicki - so nice of you to visit! I soooo agree - we MUST educate..

      Yet...the same folks who put soooo much stock into that solitary cell - also frown upon sex education in schools and contraception as well...

      it's a wee bit of a catch 22 - and - We, the Women - are the ones who are CAUGHT!

      Please stop by anytime dear - the coffee's always hot and sweet!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Pagesvoice: Hi, Dennis! I apologize for taking so long to reply - first of all - my car's been dead for 2 days - which is always unfortunate when it's 46 below zero...(grrrr...)..

      And then - i have a ton of comments to respond to about guns and abortion - and - unlike a nice little poem - each one of these takes T-I-M-E and concentration....ya know?

      I'm no Billybuc - let's put it that way - i don't know how he does it, but - i do notice he's a tad pale..LOL...

      Me? I NEED OUTTTTTT sometimes...

      Now, back to the subject at hand...lol..You know i really have nothing to say to ANY of your comments except for 2 things: 1) I agree completely, and 2) LOL....

      i simply adore you my friend - you are one of the finest examples of MAN i have had the honor of knowing - and - there is not one iota of sarcasm and not one single pun!

      i meant every word!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Hi again My Friend Who Is So Passionate, And Such A Lovely Character!

      What a hoot! You really stirred them up with this! Would love to have coffee. Sounds so good.

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      arb 4 years ago from oregon

      Dear, dear Leslie; If I have been cause of a near religious experience upon your day, then it is I who should apologise. To drag the chains of such bondage to your door begs far too much from arogance. I would withdraw such unwarranted trespass, if I was not certain that such encroachment was about to meet its equal.

      As long as I am here I should like to leave a postscript. Perhaps the single greatest infringment upon the right of any individual to choose from a day what is right within their heart for them, is to suffer the slings of those who stand within shadows to whisper in disapproval. An opposition to abortion should never simultaneously resort to the poison of judgement. I suspect that for many women, such decision is the most courageous decision they will ever make. The God I know, can not see it any less than I. The heart of a mother faced with such decision, should warrant from us all, a like compassion. In such shadowed light, I will continue to pray for both.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @DDE: Hi, sweetie - i don't believe in abortion either! Disgusting!

      BUT - expecting a drug-addled mother to make good choices - might be asking a wee bit too much?

      drug-addled men certainly don't make good choices, now do they?

      how do we punish them, exactly?

      And - while we're at it - why isn't the pope ENRAGED about those nasty 'seed' catchers - CONDOMS?

      Can men really do NO wrong?

      good thing we live in the United States of America - where each individual MAN is guaranteed their liberties..

      Nice to see you dear! Thanks for sharing your thoughts..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Eiddwen: So nice to see you Eddy!

      Straight to the point? Moi? lol

      Thanks SO much for sharing - let's make the HUB the SHARING community! Why should we keep our words hidden amongst just us?

      Have a great evening, my sweet friend!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Web923: Welllll...you know me, Bill - the soft stuff doesn't hold my interest - whether i can change anyone's mind is doubtful, but - if i can make one or two people think just a little bit - i'm VERY happy..

      Thanks for visiting, Bill..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Craiglyn: Don't worry about the hub dear - that's what it's for - to open conversations!

      Wayne's awesome - if a little rough round the edges and passionate in his causes..(YES you ARE, Wayne!...lol)

      Good thing he knows i love him, eh?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Vickiw: You are So Sweet, Vicki! lol..

      speaking of sweet - i was awarded the Hub Lollipop today! I am soooo honored...lol..

      if you'd like - check it out - Nellieanna wrote it and i couldn't ask for anyone better!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @AlwaysExploring: BRAVO!!

      Woo hoo - WHAT a comment, Ruby -maybe you should tell us how you REALLY feel...LOL..

      i adore your fire and outspokenness! If we don't speak up - we have to know that the pro-lifers are SCREAMING!

      What happens then?

      You are the bestest, my friend! Thank you for visiting my hub-corner - it's an honor!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Craiglyn: Thank you, friend!

      Sigh@your cousin...wondering if it's a man or woman - i'm thinking for some reason that it's a woman - and that makes me even....sadder...

      I too am AGAINST Abortion - BUT - i am definitely pro-choice, because abortions will happen whether the government or the church or the men (or woman) say NO..

      Remember knitting needles and wire hangers? I wonder if they'll be outlawed as well..

      sigh..

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Arb: you, sir - are the most kind, tactful, empathetic and sweet man - and trust me - i don't say that lightly or often...lol..(ask around)

      I could agree to disagree with you forever - and still think you are the finest of men!

      Thank you for your 'postscript'...

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      If you’re referring to the eugenics program of the early 1900s, Wayne, I’d think you’d be right on board with that. As I understand, the U.S. was attempting to perfect the gene pool, with the outcome being a society without crime, mental illness, and homelessness. The idea was that if the degenerates of society were kept from having children, society’s problems would disappear.

      Just think, Wayne, we could eliminate rape and child abuse, along with the need for abortions because everyone would want their children in this new Utopian society.

      That program, by the way, has nothing to do with my comment that we castrate rapists; back in the early 20th century they were sterilizing largely immigrants, not criminals. And yes, today the government is paying out money as restitution.

      Wayne, are you for capital punishment? Do you think it’s a deterrent to murder? Well, it deters the person they put down from killing again. Wouldn’t castration and sterilization be a deterrent to abortion? Makes about as much sense as your arguments.

      I won’t even respond to the rest of your post because it makes no sense to me—reads as if it were written by a half-wit. In the mean time, look in your own mirror and stop meddling in my life.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Jhamann: Welcome Jhamann - so nice of you to visit! AND - bonus - You're obviously an intelligent, critically thinking man!

      SO nice to see - LOVE your last sentence...Please, Jamie - stop by anytime...the welcome mat is always out and the lights are always on!

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      Oh, my, you read about as well as you write, Wayne. I said castrate rapists. That means do it AFTER they've been convicted. Capital Punishment deters the guy put to death, wouldn't you agree?

      Your other comments are just as moronic: "Cut every mans nuts, cause they may all rape or tie a woman's tubes as they may be too poor, too ugly, too sexy." How is that any different than saying abort every woman's baby because there's a chance the baby may be unwanted and grow up abused?

      The God in the bible gave man free will, but he also provided commandments by which we will be judged.

      Me pissed? At you? Hardly. You're not worth my anger. I'm having the time of my life getting under your skin.

      And, Wayne, I don't need an abortion.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @jconrad1956: one last warning..call one more of my friends a moron and I will report you..I don't care who's right because I already know and it is very: bhlear to those who's minds are very clear..and if one doesn't discount women..personslly I find you mo vgrf than a little annoying and your arguments are sheer crap and obviously you know it or you wouldn't need to resort to ridiculing wayne reading and writing skills..those without a real argument resort to that crap

      all day long..you are textbook indoctrinated ..boring..and a little bit nuts...but just a little..question..do you own a gun?

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Grrrrr...was on my new tablet - clearly - i can't spell either..lol..

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      jconrad1956 4 years ago

      You prove to me, Wayne, how you "just know" that any zygote with half a chance of being abused if it goes to term wants to be destroyed?

      ImKarn23: How come you're not chastising Wayne? He's been as insulting to me as I have to him, maybe more, and he started it all.

      My arguments are fine; your arguments are crap, and so are his. What difference does it make at this point? You're not going to convince me and he isn't, nor am I going to convince either of you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I am pro-life, but I do agree with your views on children being born into a family that would only cause them harm and become poor role models. I think we need an educational program that really helps young teens to know the consequences of having sex, the current programs aren't working. But then, it should also be taught in the home - sex education that is. Good points made here, imkarn.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      I am in your corner, ImKarn, sharing your perspective on this entire issue. It is all about responsibility, wisdom, insight and vision. As you've said, where are those who are fighting for the rights of fetuses after those fetuses have became living babies? They should rather use their energy to take care of WANTED babies born in unfortunate circumstances. Most people fighting for causes are like dogs barking at moving vehicles. Of course, there are exceptions, as there are exceptional happy and successful adults who were once unwanted and unloved babies.

      Responsibility - How to be a RESPONSIBLE human being - should be a compulsory subject in school. (Dreaming of selling ice under an umbrella in the desert.)

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      busillis22 4 years ago

      I would rather live a life full of challenges than to never live at all.

      Poor circumstances, as awful as they are, does not doom one to a worthless life. Shall we also abort children who will be born with disabilities since they will be bitter and angry about their disability?

      What about Bill Cosby? Or this list: http://www.burstingthebubble.com/storiesFamous.htm of people who grew up in less than ideal circumstances and went on to be very successful and give a lot to their world?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Wow! so many comments, and no wonder. this was a brilliant piece of writing, and I think that it should be shoved on the desk of everybody who thinks they have the right to say yeah or nay! I personally think that its nobody elses business what someone does, and to shove religion down their throats then they can go home without the problem makes me so mad! so this is great, and so true.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Teaches,

      @MartieCoetser,

      @Busillis22,

      @NellRose: Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment! So nice to see you Nell...you've been missed!

      Busillis22 - it is not for me to say who should and should not be aborted - nor did i do any such thing in this post..

      i leave those LIFE and DEATH decisions such as those to the POMPOUS POPE - ya know - the guy who is supposed to be the conduit between god and his sheeple?

      Ya know - the one who just QUIT in order to return to his 2000 dollar armani suits and 300 dollar haircuts..

      HE"S the guy (and the religion) who desperately needs to control womens bodies - let's just be clear, fair, and honest, shall we?

      Again, thanks for taking the time...please come again!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is one of those non-cut-and-dried situations where it can be quite hard to decide on the rightness of things. For me, I'd weigh the circumstances too. Wonderful share!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @midget38: 'non-cut-and-dried'? NO argument there, my friend!

      that's why no one has the right to decide - absolutely - other than the 'carrier' herself..

      when men start 'carrying' - they can start legislating their own bodies - which - we ALL know would NOT be the case...

      Thanks for your support!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Leslie

      I am pro choice. As you know pro lifers think that means we are pro abortion and that is so far from the truth.

      Voted up and sharing.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Sueswan: Sue - honestly? I can probably spot pro-choice and pro-'birth' (not life, cause they're not interested in anything other than conception and birth..) - from a mile away..

      i'm not one bit surprised that you're pro-choice - one can't be reasonable and open-minded - and not be - unless deeply indoctrinated through religious devices..

      Thanks for visiting!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      There are many aspects of abortion that are secret like the fact that stem cells are used for science and research. Abortion provides the stem cells. There are too many other hidden facts that may cause a stir.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      @Rasta1: Nice to see you Rasta and thank you for taking the time to comment!

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