Friday, February 18, 2005

Abortion Alternatives...

The abortion issue has been talked and argued again and again, but the comments under the 'Parental Notification' post were great -and thought provoking -and civil. The continuation of this is not to rehash the same things...but to attempt something we don't usually do here --talk about viable solutions...

It was girlgrey that was the first to offer a solution -and it was great to see someone searching to solve this rather than battle over it.
She Wrote:
"I'm seriously torn about [abortion], have been since sex-having age.
What if this were the deal: you can induce labor at any time during your pregnancy. If the baby/fetus can survive on life support and all that, it goes to the adoption agency (where babies are a hot commodity). If it cannot survive with all the latest technology, it cannot. Tell me why that is/is not ok." girlgrey, 2/17/05

My problem with this is that babies born prematurely can be kept alive as early as twenty weeks...but this does not mean that they will be healthy. We would be inundated with special needs children (blind, deaf, cerebral palsy, etc) and many families may not want to adopt babies laden with medical problems...in the end this would further tax the welfare system that is already riddled with mismanagement and abuse. That's just my opinion though and I truly respect the fact that she obviously put thought into ending abortion...

Her suggestion reminded me of something that Singlemom always used to say when we were younger...Her abortion solution was:
With all the fertility technology out there, they should be able to find a way to remove a fetus from the mother that doesn't want it and implant it into the mother that does.

What a great concept. There are thousands (millions?) of couples that undergo fertility treatments each year --some of them will spend their life savings and still never conceive. There are people that have been on adoption waiting lists for years. This would not only be a win/win solution for the would-be mother --she would be saved the inevitable grief and remorse of an abortion yet would not be burdened with the child that she was unable to care for. It would also be a dream come true for the infertile couples that experience heartache after heartache on their road to conception. Finally, this would be a new branch of medicine --employing both scientists for the technology and doctors to perform the transfer. Abortion doctors could enlist in continuing education and work to save and create life instead of take it...

Here are two alternatives...what do you think? Can you add any (besides abstinence)?

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