55 Million Abortions: Does That Bother You?
Bill Quick

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More: As someone who’s pro-choice myself, noting this fact is uncomfortable for me, but it is nevertheless a fact: Since Roe v. Wade, 55 million fetuses (or babies) have been aborted.

40 years ago today, seven men on the Supreme Court decided in favor of a case presented to them from a 27 year-old, unknown, post-abortive lawyer, Sarah Weddington. That case was Roe v. Wade and, along with its companion Doe v. Bolton, it legalized abortion in all 9 months of pregnancy, for any reason, in the United States.
Today, this 27 year-old is writing to you as a survivor of that decision. The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation is missing. We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives.

I’m pro-choice (with conditions) and this bothers me, too.

It should bother anybody who actually thinks about it.

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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55 Million Abortions: Does That Bother You? — 14 Comments

  1. Sure, I’ll think about it. It’s pure crap.

    The undeniable fact is that nearly a third of my generation is missing.

    That’s not a fact, and it’s certainly deniable. A third of your generation isn’t “missing,” it was never born. The reasons may be varied, but if you want a fact, how about wondering how many of these “missing” kids were conceived by single teen moms still in school? Most of them? Do I have to point to today’s ghettos to show what kind of lives these kids would have?

    We are missing brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, husbands and wives.

    Bullshit of the purest ray serene. Why not go on about how the woman who would have discovered a cure for cancer, or the woman who would have written 38 plays greater than Shakespeare’s, or the woman who would have broken the 3 minute mile, were all aborted? Crap, crap, crap. A raw emotional appeal with all the sense of a bird call.

    Abortion is a horrible solution to a horrible problem. But it’s a better solution than the pro-lifers would offer. There is nothing more sorrowful in this world than an unwanted child. It’s bad enough that some young women in this country have children solely to escape the horror of their own homes. We don’t need to add to their number by questioning a woman’s choice.

  2. But it’s a better solution than the pro-lifers would offer.

    What, you mean like adoption? You’re right, that’s a fucking stupid idea. Not as stupid as the blockades some have put in place to prevent white families from adopting non-white children because they won’t learn to like rap or something, but pretty damned close. I’m sure that my white friends at church who adopted non-white babies would love to hear more from you on this subject. Especially since at least one couple is in the process of adopting another “unwanted” baby.

    Just to clarify, how far are you willing to go with this choice thing. Are you supportive of the Roe v. Wade up through the 9th month, or are you opposed to abortions post-20 weeks or so? Because while horrified by abortion in general, I’m somewhat less willing to go balls to the wall pre-viability. Post-viability? Barring risk to the mother’s life, I’m opposed.

  3. Does That Bother You?

    No.

    Beyond that plain answer, Nemo said it very well.

    As for PG’s alleged solution, I’ve talked to quite a few anti-choice people in the Albany NY and Boston MA areas. Not a one of them has actually fostered or adopted a child. I suppose it could be random chance, luck of the draw of people who’d talk to me, but IIRC (my records are long gone) I spoke to more than 50 people who work in Right to Life offices, walk picket lines, and such. No adoptions. No fosterings. Very impressive for people who want to force other women to have babies.

  4. What concerns me is the substitution of abortion for other methods of birth control. Something seems off to me when women (and men) would rather destroy their own potential children than wear condoms. A lot of fetuses – some of them viable – are paying the price for this sort of irresponsibility. And yes, that still bothers me.

    There are lots of unwanted children in the world. And it doesn’t matter whether SteveF has ever met any pro-lifers who’ve adopted. I used to work in SF Social Services, part of the time in the adoptions unit. I can tell you that there is a very long list of folks waiting to adopt, even in San Francisco. And more than a few of them end up adopting these “unwanted” children.

    Then there is this:

    Category:American adoptees – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    And one other thing – you can put me on that list, too. I was adopted at birth. My birth mother met a salesman in a bar and got herself knocked up. In a later era, I suppose I would have been aborted.

    I’m personally glad that I wasn’t, although that really doesn’t have much weight in this discussion.

    • I agree with much of what you say here. I’ll point out, though, that many of those who most vociferously oppose abortion also oppose ready access to birth control. I’m not talking about taxpayer-provided birth control, but access at all.

      The entire adoption and fostering system in the US is broken. (I have very minor familiarity: my first wife and I had planned on fostering or adopting several kids to go along with however many we had together, but the paperwork, bureaucracy, and general bullshit kept us from getting past the first gate.) I realize there’s some societal need to make sure the adopting/fostering adults aren’t totally unsuited, but the system is broken and needs to be scrapped.

  5. I’ll point out, though, that many of those who most vociferously oppose abortion also oppose ready access to birth control.

    You’re not going to get much of an argument from me that such SoCons are irrational idiots.

    That said, I’m not buying the “readily accessible birth control” argument, either. I had no problem finding rubbers when I was a 14 year old kid, nor did I have any problem paying for them. As for The Pill (apparently the feminazi sacrament these days), well, the biggest barrier to that isn’t cost, it’s the fact that prescriptions are required. Why, I can’t imagine, and I do agree that should be changed.

    As for the broken foster/adoption system, sure. But that is entirely owned and operated by leftists, not by SoCons of any stripe. Even the church programs are very carefully monitored and controlled by the states, and that means social workers, and that means the left.

  6. I am not sure that removing the need for prescriptions for the pill would be a good idea. The base ingredients are hormones with each type having different hormones and quantities. They can and will cause physical as well as emotional reaction which can vary depending on the woman. I have 6 daughters and have seen some of this 2 of them cannot take any birth control pills at all due to their reaction.

    • Agreed, a woman would have to be really stupid to take birth control pills without medical advice and monitoring, but it doesn’t harm anyone else. That’s where I draw the line: only drugs whose misuse can harm someone else should be restricted. The only drugs I’m aware of that fall into this category are antibiotics — misuse causes the rapid growth of drug-resistant germs, as seen in much of the world, and which is being imported to the US thanks to our open borders.

      Anyway, back to the point, a woman would have to be stupid to just start popping birth control pills that she got at the supermarket, but it’s her choice. Don’t make me pay for the pills or the consequences and she can do whatever she wants with her body.