There's an article on abortion at the LA Times (via GetReligion) that talks to women at an abortion clinic, and Dr. William F. Harrison who has run the clinic since the mid-1970's. I don't know what views other people have on abortion, but here's a few bits as a sample of the article:
He calls himself an "abortionist" and says, "I am destroying life."
But he also feels he's giving life: He calls his patients "born again."
"When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back," he says.
Politicians on both sides of the abortion debate often talk up adoption as a better alternative. Harrison's patients do not consider it an option.
And, towards the end:
Before, after and even during an abortion, Harrison lectures his patients on birth control. He urges them to get on the pill and to insist their partners use condoms.
They promise. But Harrison knows many will be back.
His first patient of the day, Sarah, 23, says it never occurred to her to use birth control, though she has been sexually active for six years. When she became pregnant this fall, Sarah, who works in real estate, was in the midst of planning her wedding. "I don't think my dress would have fit with a baby in there," she says.
The last patient of the day, a 32-year-old college student named Stephanie, has had four abortions in the last 12 years. She keeps forgetting to take her birth control pills. Abortion "is a bummer," she says, "but no big stress."
It's interesting hearing from the women at the "front line" of abortion, not in a preachy "don't take away my rights"-kind of way, but often in a sad way. I don't believe the LA Times journalist who authored this article jumps to any conclusions. She just tells it like it is.
Some of the quotes are almost on the point of despair. I feel sad for some of the people interviewed, and angry at others.
The piece also goes on to talk about the possibility of abortion becoming illegal in some US states - I figure that whatever is happening in the US will eventually get to Australia, but I wonder about this...