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Friday, November 7, 2008

Abortion or Single Motherhood?

FEMINISM - Some women are up to the task of single motherhood and on the other hand some women are not financially capable of taking care of a kid (or another kid). In the United States:

  • 66% of women who have abortions are not married.

  • 60% of women who have abortions already have 1 or more children.

  • 73% of women who have abortions are living below the poverty level (earning $9,570 or less per year).

  • Black women are three times more likely to have an abortion and Hispanic women are twice as likely to have an abortion.

  • 75% of women who have abortion cite lack of money to raise a child as one of their reasons for having an abortion.
    I respect women who choose to become a single parent. It is a difficult task, no doubt about it and they deserve that respect. But at the same time we also have to respect the wishes of women who due to poverty reasons decide to have an abortion.

    Choosing to have an abortion is a difficult task, for many women they don't really have a choice. They simply can't afford another kid. There is this stereotype that women who get abortions are "rich, upper-class and white", but in reality the statistics show that its impoverished people, often black or Hispanic women.

    THUS the anti-abortionist lobby should really be discussing the issue of poverty amongst women.

    "IF ANTI-ABORTIONISTS SPENT HALF AS MUCH TIME GETTING RID OF POVERTY AS THEY SPEND TRYING TO GET RID OF ABORTION POOR WOMEN WOULDN'T NEED ABORTIONS AS OFTEN ANYWAY."


    See: Open Letter to Anti-Abortionists
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