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Indigo1941
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12:06 PM on 02/04/2011
That's an interesting point. The children of our conservative politicians are likely to know gay people personally, interact with them socially, and be familiar with gay issues. They are less likely to know poor people who seek abortions and, after all, people from other (wealhty?) political families they know are likely to go away somewhere nice for their abortions and nobody's any the wiser.
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Ioan Lightoller
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01:38 PM on 02/04/2011
Exactly...and they have to support one or two of Daddy's political goals.
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Shaun Hensley
The American Experiment has failed
01:54 PM on 02/04/2011
It could be that they know their reproductive rights aren't really threatened. But equal rights isn't assured and the battle needs to be enjoined.
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blackhawaiian
11:22 AM on 02/04/2011
If poor women have a choice between another mouth to feed, and an abortion, that's one hell of a choice. The question is, why do poor women have a warehouse full of kids? Why don't they use, contraceptives? Can't they get them cheap, at Planned Parenthood? If they can't afford them, make the guy chip in, or make him, use a condom. Women have to be smart enough, to protect themselves. It's not just about being an unwed mother, it's also about preventing the spread of std's, and aids.
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FALCON72
You can see the truth in every mirror.
11:58 AM on 02/04/2011
In many areas there simply is not easy access to clinics for any kind of family planning services. It's easy to say "make him" use a condom; however, there remain many men who refuse to use a condom. There remains a huge segment of the male populations who simply believe birth control is the woman's responsibility.

I agree wholeheartedly with your comment "it's also about preventing the spread of std's and aids". Which is why we should not be merely talking about abstinence. The issue should be addressed as a health concern for all the young people.
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Shaun Hensley
The American Experiment has failed
12:32 PM on 02/04/2011
Easy for women to say, for them the act feels the same, baggie or no.
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12:42 PM on 02/04/2011
If the man refuses to wear a condom or participate as an equal partner in providing contraception, why in the world would any woman proceed to have sex with him anyway? If he shows no interest in contraception, you can be sure that such a self centered and immature person won't be around to help you later with dealing with the consequences of having sex - ie STDs or pregnancy.

Kick guys like this to the curb ladies - and find a real man!
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Okiemama
12:22 PM on 02/04/2011
Planned Parenthoods are not in every neighborhood and getting to one would require transportation many poor women do not have. Republican legislation has made contraception harder to obtain and most insurance plans do not pay for it. Also, getting by the protestors in front of many Planned Parenthoods is not something a lot of women can stomach. Being accused of seeking an abortion, when all you are doing is looking for birth control or an exam is something too traumatic for a lot of women. In case, you have not noticed one of the main things that the right wing is obessed with now is shutting down Planned Parenthood. Many of the conservatives protesting abortion have no desire to see more women have birth control available to them.
12:54 PM on 02/04/2011
A pack of condoms runs about four bucks. If there a human life, or even a non-human life involved, I would consider them an excellent investment, even for a poor woman.

Four bucks vs. the possibility of an abortion/adoption/motherhood seems like a no-brainer.