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Abortion Revisited July 24, 2006

Posted by j-dub in National, Politics.

On Friday, the Senate was discussing a bill “that would make it a federal crime to take a teenager across state lines to end a pregnancy without a parent’s knowledge.”

Here’s the full article.

The bills are S. 403 and H.R. 748.

Ah, the abortion debate. One of the most, if not the most controversial issues that can be discussed. It doesn’t make a bit of difference where you discuss this issue, it’s always a touchy subject.

Now, in reference to this particular set of proposed bills, I think this is a no-brainer. Not a no-brainer for abortion sake, but for the simple fact of taking a child to another state without a parent’s permission. I’d like to relate that to kidnapping, and or illegitimate behavior and should be punishable or illegal. I guess where it could be tricky is when the teenager goes with a family member, but even then I think it’s not right for someone to be taking a kid anywhere without a parent’s knowledge.

As far as abortion itself, I’m honestly confused about where to stand. I’m definetely pro-life, because I don’t think we should use abortion as an alternative for birth control measures. However, I have such strong feelings for rape/incest victims who probably didn’t have any choice.

I’m also skeptical about some sort of hybrid program that would allow rape/incest cases to be aborted, because there are so many extraneous factors that would limit the enforcement and effectiveness. I mean, would you have to have a conviction of rape before you allowed the abortion, because the way the legal system progresses you’d never get a verdict in time. If you didn’t have a conviction as a standard, girls who wanted out could simply say “rape” and be off the hook.

Well, it’s a tricky subject, but one we should think about. We have congressional races being voted on this November and these future congressmen/women could be determining this issue for us sometime soon.

I’d like to see where our candidates for Senate/House races stand on this issue. I’d also like to see/read what YOU all think about these proposed bills, and IF WE CAN BE CIVIL AND INTELLIGENT abortion law in general.



1. Anonymous - July 24, 2006

A parent should be be able to know if their minor child is undergoing a invasive surgical event be it an abortion or otherwise. Not that it happens often, but deaths do result from such operations and how is someone, or anyone, supposed to tell a parent something like that. “Hey, we are sorry, but we operated on your daughter without your knowledge and she died as a result of complications.” What a blow that would be to someone’s parents. I agree that in the cases of rape or incest a female should have the option to abort. I would hope the police through an investigation can determine if a female’s accusation is legit or not.

A larger issue is to educate children to resist the temptation of love (lust at that age) and have sex. Adults will never stop as it has been a problem since before the Pharoahs, but minimizing the occurances can be a reasonable goal.

Another big picture issue is the constant bombardment of sex in adverts or the decidely raunchy videos or lyrics that permeate the Tv and radio. Those things do not help.

2. j-dub - July 24, 2006

Yes, the education factor can never be underestimated. I can remember going through sex education in 5th grade. I’m not even sure if they do that anymore these days. I’m guessing if they don’t its because of all the flack the school might receive about such a program.

3. Anonymous - July 25, 2006

Yup, they still do it, but they do it sixth grade in my school district. And parents are notified so they can opt out their kid if they want. Educating them on how the specifics of biology works is fine, but what is needed and lacking is the emotional support to guide kids into understanding that they can say no, that’s its ok to not be involved, that its not necessarily cool to be doing ‘it’, etc. At that age and until about 17/18 they are very, very emotionally immature and not ready to handle the pressures of a ‘relationship’.

4. j-dub - July 25, 2006

I like the opt out. I think we had that as well. I remember parents having to sign something prior to the class. That makes sure you’re covered for the parents who freak out about it.

You bring up an interesting point. We always get the biological education, but never the emotional/real-world/peer pressure education that is needed. That’s not to say we don’t get any of that type of education; we just don’t give the kids enough of it.

I also think they should be repetitive in their teaching. I’d like to see another review of sorts periodically (maybe every other year) after the initial sex ed. class. That one crack at curing all future problems just isn’t enough. Kids need that constant reinforcement.

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