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Abortion access: All sides of the issue

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abortion definition About abortion:

Abortion is a very active topic on the Internet. Google found over 224 million hits for "pro-life" and over 24 million hits for "pro-choice" on 2018-MAY-07.

There are three main types of Internet web sites that discuss abortion:

  1. An enormous number of pro-life sites that are dedicated to the elimination of most or all abortions.

  2. A smaller number of pro-choice sites are dedicated to maintaining free access to abortions under most or all situations.

  3. A handful of neutral educational sites are dedicated to supplying information and helping people reach personal conclusions about abortion.

This web site, ReligiousTolerance.org, is in the third category. It discusses all points of views on abortion-related topics. We explain the full spectrum of pro-life beliefs and the full diversity of pro-choice beliefs. Because of this, you will probably find some parts of our essays infuriating even as you will affirm the accuracy of other parts.

Still, in order for you to be most effective advocate for your position:

  • If you take a pro-life position, you will need to know what "pro-choicers" believe and why they believe it.

  • If you take a pro-choice position, you will need to know what "pro-lifers" believe and why they believe it.

This web site discusses many topics:

  1. Abortion decisions: This involves a pregnant woman -- probably after having consulted with her physician and perhaps her spiritual counselor, the male who provided the spermatozoon that made pregnancy possible, and any friends, family, or agencies who might help or influence her -- deciding whether she would like to carry the embryo or fetus to term, or have an abortion, and

  2. Abortion access: whether the government should limit access to abortion and, in some cases, veto the woman's decision to seek an abortion, and

  3. Methods of reducting the abortion rate by:
    • Pregnancy prevention: providing motivation, information, and free or low cost contraceptives in order to prevent unwanted/unexpected pregnancies, and

    • Introducing support programs for mothers who are single, poor, and/or students so that more pregnant women will be able to afford to give birth to and be able to raise a child.

There is one point over which we dig in our heels and take a strong stand: We feel that all women considering an abortion should be fully informed, as free as possible from outside manipulation from friends and family members, and allowed to decide freely what she wants.

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star The root causes and resolutions of three major, current religious/secular conflicts, including abortion access (duplicated elsewhere):

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star symbol Basic terms: <<< We recommend that you read this essay first.

bullet The morality of abortion.
bullet Access to abortion.
bullet Biases.
bullet Definitions used.

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Abortion. An apparently unsolvable dilemma?:

We recommend that you read these essays next.

  • Part 1: Definition of terms. The main questions about abortion. How often are abortions performed in the U.S.?

  • Part 2: Various beliefs about when human personhood starts. Conflicting beliefs about abortion access

  • Part 3: Conflicting beliefs (Cont'd). Status of the pro-life and pro-choice groups. Abortion access.
     
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Full disclosure: the personal beliefs about abortion access by the main author of this web site.


bulletA detailed discusson of human "Personhood" and when it begins during pregnancy  <<< The new battleground

bulletAre our essays credible?

bulletQuotations and books about abortion access

bulletconception About pregnancy and abortion; public opinion:
bullet Definitions
bullet The processes of pregnancy : What a developing pre-embryo, embryo, and fetus look like
bullet Basic facts.
bullet Stages in the process from before conception to childbirth
bullet Definition of terms related to abortion and pregnancy
bullet Views on the morality of abortion: pro-life, pro-choice, & 2 other POVs
bullet Why do women have abortions?
bullet Abortion data. <<< Important
bullet Why are some abortions performed late in pregnancy?
bullet Abortion methods: D&X (a.k.a. PBA); RU-486; surgical abortions....)
bullet Public opinion polls. <<< Important
bullet Ectogenesis: the development of artificial wombs
bullet Womb transplants.
 
bullet Reducing the abortion rate <<< A future trend?
bullet Via minimizing unwanted pregnancies -- a new trend
bullet Via social programs and technology
bullet Contraceptives
bullet Emergency contraception (a.k.a. morning-after pill)
 
bulletReligious/ethical aspects
bullet When is an abortion OK?
bullet Pro-life, pro-choice and other positions.
bullet What the Bible says.
bullet Beliefs of religious groups.
bullet Clinic violence.
bullet Embryos in fertility clinics.
bullet Use of fetal tissue to treat very serious burns.
 
bulletstarLaws, constitution amendments, party platforms and court rulings:
bulletNorth American:
bullet Roe v. Wade
bullet Democratic Party platform 2004 & 2008; Republican Party platform 2012
bullet Will Roe v. Wade be overturned and abortion re-criminalized?
bullet star State laws criminalizing or restricting abortion (South Dakota, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, etc)
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star 2017-JAN until now:

  • The U.S. Federal "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"
  • Trump Administration promises an end to all U.S. abortions and physician assisted suicide (PAS)

bullet FACE,
bullet Human Life Amendment (Colorado)
bullet RICO,
bullet Parental consent & notification laws,
bullet "Choose life" license plates....
bullet State bills banning all abortions 
bullet "Personhood" "Heartbeat" and "Fetal Pain" bills, laws and amendments
bullet Abortion laws in Canada
 
bulletAbortion access outside of North America:
bullet The "Mexico City" policy. Also, abortion in
bullet Mexico City
bullet Ireland
bullet Uruguay
bullet Portugal

bulletDo abortions lead to medical problems later in life?
bullet Cancer,
bullet Infertility,
bullet Miscarriage,
bullet Post abortion syndrome....
 
bulletMisc. Items
bullet Genetic items.
bullet Personal E-mails & essays.
bullet starItems in the news
bullet Information sources
bullet Books
bullet Getting help...

bulletCurrent news feeds:
bullet Secular news feed.
bullet Pro-life news feed.
bullet Pro-choice news feed

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Disclaimer:

This, and similar medical and legal information essays on our website, are intended as a general educational aid to the public. If the topics covered are of direct concern to you, we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified healthcare professional who can review your unique situation before you reach a decision.

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Do you have a personal  story related to abortion that you would like to share with other readers to this website?  Please consider writing it down and E-mailing it to us. We will consider publishing it in this section. We will keep your name and identity absolutely confidential if you wish.

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A note and two links to other web sites:

The following hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. We use the popular meaning of "life" here to include ova and spermatozoa. Some scientists use a very strict definition of the word "life" which does not include ova and spermatozoa because they cannot, by themselves, reproduce.

  2. An interesting and unbiased article titled "The Abortion Debate" is available on QuickOverview at: http://www.quickoverview.com/

  3. "Pregnancy: Definitions and associated formulas," Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS, Government of South Carolina, at: http://scangis.dhec.sc.gov/

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Originally published: 1996-DEC-20
Last updated 2018-AUG-30
Author: Bruce A Robinson

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