Monday, November 8, 2010

Abortion is a sensitive topic. If you talk to ten different people your are likely to find ten different views on it. Personally I am neither for nor against abortion I believe it should be handled on a case-by-case basis. On one hand I believe that people should take responsibility for their actions, having said that I am not naïve to the fact that unforeseen events happen (rape, failed contraception) but all in all I think people need to be responsible for their own actions. On the other hand I believe that it should be up to the woman since it is her body she should be able to decide what she wants to do with it. This is such a sticky situation because the woman is dealing with more than just her body. I think many of the people who are strongly against abortion would look at it differently if they were placed in the situation. We live in a very judgmental society many of us are quick to point the finger before garnering all of the necessary information. When these situations arise they should be handled delicately and without judgment. Judging by the readings it does not seem like women have much control or enough over something that should be completely up to them.

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  1. I agree with Sterling that women should be able to decide whether they choose to keep their child or not because after all it is their body. It is a double whammy for many women because many are negatively judged for getting pregnant and having a baby, while many others are also negatively judged for having an abortion. It goes both ways which is why women need to not care about the judgement and be able to assume responsibility and embrace their decision whether it be abortion or not in order to help educate other women in their situation as well. One of my favorite quotes by Arcana's article says that “we need to speak of our abortions, not in the atmosphere of shame and guilt created by the spiritual and emotional terrorism of the contemporary anti-abortion movement, but in open recognition of our joy or sadness, our regret or relief – in conscious acceptance of the responsibility of our choices" (227). We as women need to take control of our bodies/decisions in order to help others make informed decisions regarding difficult issues such as abortion.