29
Nov
06

Abortions in UK on rise

We all remember what Hillary Clinton, presumable 2008 Presidential Candidate, said about abortion:

We come to [the abortion] issue as men and women, young and old, some far beyond years when we have to worry about getting pregnant, others too young to remember what it was like in the days before Roe v. Wade. But I think it’s essential that as Americans we look for that common ground that we can all stand upon. [Our] core beliefs and values. can guide us in reaching our goal of keeping abortion safe, legal and rare into the next century. Source: Remarks to NARAL, Washington DC Jan 22, 1999

So, what are the results when you make abortion “safe & legal”? Why, it’s an increase in abortion rates because people don’t think it’s that big of a deal:

Ms Furedi said there had been a shift in public opinion about parenthood. The stigma of abortion had diminished but there was now concern about being a poor parent. “Parenting is considered to be very important and is taken seriously these days,” she said. “The idea of just drifting into unplanned motherhood is seen not to be a good thing and you could argue that among many groups of people in society abortion is seen as a more responsible response to being a victim of uncontrolled fertility,” she said.
[…]
Abortion figures continue to rise year on year. Latest figures show that there are about 165,500 abortions for British residents a year.

Now, if you read the article, there really isn’t any evidence which suggests abortion is “losing its stigma”. The closest it gets is this:

Asked if a woman should not have to continue with a pregnancy if she wanted an abortion, 63 per cent agreed and 18 per cent disagreed.

However, the preceeding paragraph contradicts any meaningful “loss of stigma” data as less people think abortion should be free & legal everywhere:

The Ipsos Mori poll of 2,000 adults found that slightly fewer adults agreed that “abortion should be made legally available for all who want it” than five years ago. In the survey in May, 59 per cent agreed with the question compared with 62 per cent in 2001.

The only person thinking that there’s a global shift in abortion’s stigma is the author of the article, as the evidence presented is not global or conclusive.

But the fact that abortions are on the rise is not a good sign. It contradicts the mentality that having “safe & legal” access to abortion clinics decreases abortion.

There’s another myth that’s debunked in this article:

Ann Furedi, the chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), said one women in five was now childless at the age of 45 and an increasing number were making the choice not to have children at all.

Ms Furedi said there had been a shift in public opinion about parenthood. The stigma of abortion had diminished but there was now concern about being a poor parent. “Parenting is considered to be very important and is taken seriously these days,” she said. “The idea of just drifting into unplanned motherhood is seen not to be a good thing and you could argue that among many groups of people in society abortion is seen as a more responsible response to being a victim of uncontrolled fertility,” she said.

So people are afraid of not being a good parent so they get abortions. Who would be worried about this? The poor? The underclasses? No, it’s the middle class and the rich. A baby would impose on their lifestyle so they abort it. They want to wait until they are good and ready before they have a baby. Before that– abortion, if they get pregnant.

These childless jet-setters have now revealed that “keeping abortion safe & legal” isn’t for the lower-class, as it is often argued. It’s for the middle and upper classes. And even worse, it’s a case of convenience! The women don’t want to change (notice I didn’t say “give up’) their lifestyles to cater to the needs of a child. Here is the real, ulgy truth of abortion.

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11 Responses to “Abortions in UK on rise”


  1. 1 suckonthis
    June 22, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Or is the real, ugly truth that you have to distort the facts to make it seem like abortion is considered by those who have it to be a lifestyle product?

    Abortion rates amongst minorities are disproportionately high – the same groups that use contraception less. Amongst black women (who use the least contraception) abortion rates are twice the national average. The poor are, for obvious reasons, also disproportionately affected, and minorities are disproportionately likely to be poor. And overall, the poor are almost 50% less likely to use contraception. Basically you’re far more likely to have an abortion if you’re a poor black or hispanic woman.

    Moreover economically disadvantaged women find it disporportionately hard to obtain an abortion, it taking on average ten days longer than it does for more affuent women, and in over half of those cases the delay is because they needed time to raise the money. For over a quarter of all women who experienced a delay in obtaining an abortion, the reason was that they couldn’t afford one.

    Hardly the “jet-setting childless middle class and rich” worrying about children interfering with their lifestyle, is it.

    You know, if people like you put as much time into figuring out ways to help people as you put into figuring out ways to judge people, life on this planet would be so much better.

  2. 2 Matt R.
    June 22, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I hate these “if your poor that means your stupid but don’t worry, we NPR listening, latte sipping, liberals will rescue you. Sit at our feet and listen to our sage wisdom.” arguments.
    The poor are not stupid. They made this choice. You are pro-choice right? In a country where the Pill has been drugstore stuff for decades and AIDs has ravaged the land, two people made the choice to have unprotected sex.
    And there are plenty of poor people who make the sensible choice.

    The question is how much do you want to pay for their bad choices.

    Oh yeah quote your sources.
    And stop mixing UK with USA issues.

  3. 3 suckonthis
    June 22, 2009 at 10:26 am

    My source is the 2006 “Abortion in Women’s Lives” report by the Guttmacher Institute. And the only material difference in this issue between the UK and the USA is that the minorities come from different locations.

    I don’t think the poor are stupid. I don’t judge people. My interest is in improving people’s situations, not in making people pay for their bad choices.

  4. 4 Matt R
    June 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    People should not pay for their bad decisions?
    Of course they should.
    Perfect example of what is wrong.

  5. 5 suckonthis
    June 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Indeed it is. You’re a perfect example of a person who thinks you can improve things by blaming people.

    • 6 docattheautopsy
      June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm

      “Indeed it is. You’re a perfect example of a person who thinks you can improve things by blaming people.”

      Says the person blaming the other person for the abortion debate…

      Classic!

  6. 8 Matt R
    June 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    People should pay for their bad decisions.
    Smokers should get lung cancer.
    Criminals should go to prison.
    Naughty children should get a time out.

    Holding someone accountable for what they did is correct. Escaping consequences produces spoiled brats and sociopaths.

  7. 11 Matt R
    June 23, 2009 at 7:43 am

    SOT, one of us is just hurling labels around now and it ain’t me.


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