I think the determination whether it is right to abort a pregnancy or not of an irresponsiblyconceived fetus simply because the woman does not want thechild to be born (for no good reason -- just her desire it be terminatedor her desire not to go through pregnancy) is much more difficult, though particularly in those cases where although the people should have known they were unnecessarily risking pregnancy, they in some real sense actually didn't know or realize it. I reallydo not have a fully developed answer here. It seems to me that ifanyone were so callous or insensitive and lazy, or whatever, as to routinelyand repeatedly consider abortion to be a first resort form of birth control,even after counseling, that society (or any given doctor) might have theright to refuse her an abortion or might even have the right to suggest,seek, or demand her sterilization at some point, (in return for that abortion)particularly if the sterilization was medically reversible when he or shebecame more responsible. I don't know whether that is too harsh or not, but at this point it seems to me reasonable and not too harsh. Certainly parents do not have the right to repeatedlyabuse their children; and society has the right to take their childrenfrom them. I would think that similarly a man or woman would not have theright to repeatedly "abuse" or squander potential particular lives by wantonlycreating embryos for no good reason and then destroying them. And justas the first case of possible or borderline child abuse by a parent isthe most difficult to understand how to treat, the first case of someone'sirresponsibly getting pregnant and wanting an abortion is difficult todecide what is right to do, and how right it is to consider her feelingsor whether she has forfeited any right to have her feelings considered.I understand making mistakes of judgment and I understand lack of awarenessor lack of knowledge -- that is not necessarily irresponsible, or at least not necessarily culpably irresponsible behavior -- but I donot understand totally uncaring, irresponsible behavior and I am not sympatheticto people who behave that way. I personally think such behavior, if itexists, causes the guilty person to forfeit rights related to his/her irresponsiblebehavior -- in this case forfeits the right not to be made a good Samaritanto (i.e., the right not to be specially obligated to) the fetus, but beingmade instead to nurture and care for it till term. But I may be overlystrict or judgmental due to lack of understanding. I am willing to entertainarguments as to why selfish, irresponsible people do not incur specialobligations toward their victims or for the consequences of their irresponsibleactions. I am willing to entertain arguments as to why the innocent victimof irresponsible behavior and others should be made to bear the burdenof that behavior in order to bail out the perpetrator from accepting theconsequences of it. They just need to be good arguments.
In the book, Contraception and Abortion in 19th-Century America, written by Janet Farrell Brodie there are descriptions and sources that state how and why people of the nineteenth century used contraception and dealt with abortion.
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However, the genetic bond, particularly for women, seems to be veryimportant psychologically. While thinking about the ideas for this paper,I spoke with two women who seemed to me to have inconsistent views aboutone's (natural or moral) rights concerning their genetic offspring. Thesewomen saw no reason that an unmarried father (or father-to-be) shouldhave any say about whether the fetus is aborted or not, how the pregnantwoman should take care of her own health and well-being, and whether thebaby should be offered for adoption or not. Yet they thought a woman shouldbe able to decide that an embryo she does not want to carry (which couldfeasibly be transplanted into the womb of a woman who wants to rear it)could be terminated instead of transplanted. These women seemed to thinkthat there is some more important relationship, and responsibility andrights, between a mother and child than between a father and child -- evenif the genetic mother is not the one who will carry the embryo in her bodyuntil it is born. Unlike me, they think the physical aspects of pregnancyare not what sometimes creates an earlier emotional attachment not opento fathers, but that something does at a female genetic level or very earlygestation time for a woman. One of these women, an attorney, even saw noreason why a man should have any determination about abortion even if hewere forced, say at gunpoint, to have intercourse with some woman who wantedto have a child. It seems to me this kind of distinction between a geneticmother's rights and a genetic father's rights is unwarranted in a casewhere the genetic mother does not have to be, or is not, the gestationmother.
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The truth: Teenagers who become mothers do not have grim prospects for the future. This is a lie and completely ignores the fact that there are a multitude of ministries and organizations who are willing, ready and able to provide assistance to them and their baby. There is also adoption. When presented with the three options, motherhood, adoption or abortion in a factual manner, many women would choose life for their baby, not death.
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In line with the idea of being primarily able to reduce the number ofabortions voluntarily, this paper is not meant to be a blueprint for lawsthat either require or forbid abortions in certain cases; it is meant ratherto (1) suggest a rational and informed approach for a doctor, for a woman,and for any advisers (advisers, not decision makers) she might seek(or be required to seek) to decide whether abortion would be right in hercircumstance or not, (2) suggest for those cases that do come before thejudiciary a more enlightened, direct, and rational approach than the courtsnow seem to take, (3) suggest a rational and informed approach for legislatorsto take when formulating whatever laws might have effects on abortions,such as adoption procedures and the legal rights of people who "give up"their babies for adoption, or, in the future, their embryos for transplant.
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"We also have to identify situations in which young people need proper psychological support and which are made worse by abortions. LIFE is working in both these areas with relationship talks to thousands of teenagers every year and the provision of free non-directive counselling to women in crisis pregnancies."