Want to Reduce Abortions? Support Mothers
We're ignoring the most important topic: David Frum
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2012 11:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The abortion debate frequently includes questions about when it should or should not be allowed—what if the mother’s life is at stake? What if the pregnancy was the result of a rape? What if it’s a selective reduction?—but “these dorm-room hypotheticals do not have very much to do with the realities of abortion in the US and elsewhere,” writes David Frum on CNN. “Abortion is a product of poverty and maternal distress,” and the most important thing we can do to decrease its frequency is support mothers.

Societies that do just that, in general, have the fewest abortions. For example, Germany gives 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, a child allowance payment that can last as long as 25 years, and more. And, you guessed it, Germany’s abortion rate is one-third that in the US, though German abortion laws are not particularly limiting. That’s why, rather than talking about what type of abortion to ban, we need to be asking how the government can “support more happy and healthy childbearing, … reduce unwanted pregnancies, and … alleviate the economic anxieties of mothers-to-be.” Click for Frum’s full piece.

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Onespirit
Nov 3, 2012 4:53 PM CDT
Sticking straight to the article at face value...I think it's a spectacular idea. More programs to encourage potential mothers. Money's always a big issue....medical support is a huge issue....people who care about the natural processes....way bigger issue.
apocalypso
Oct 31, 2012 1:35 AM CDT
I want to have as many abortions as I can, while I can. I'm not a liberal or conservative, I hate everyone equally. I'm in the mood for murdering some fetuses. Maybe I'll even get fertility treatment first, so I can have multiples, then kill them all in one abortion. More bang for my buck.
thirdimpact
Oct 29, 2012 6:35 PM CDT
1) This argument assumes that if the people who are against abortion don't meet some supposed to level of humanitarianism, that justifies the killing of a human being. 2) Pro life Christians adopt more babies, and provide more food, shelter, and support for unwed mothers and their children than any other group out there, bar none.