But the practical ability to get an abortion is so restricted that it's a right without practical application for many of the women who need them the most. And our new emphasis on contraception and adoption counseling isn't going to solve that problem. An unwanted pregnancy can't always be made a wanted pregnancy with good counseling or financial help, and giving birth for adoption isn't always as emotionally uncomplicated as in the movie Juno. There are times and circumstances which make abortion a necessity for the individual for reasons that cannot and should not be judged by the state.
Digby pointed out that the pro-life folks may have a hard time finding the common ground Obama called for in his talk. For them abortion is murder and that's the end of the discussion. It seems like it's always like that between liberals and conservatives. Why is that?
How do you feel about this? Has there been a sort-of underground movement on the part of the Religious Right to make abortion unavailable even though it's legal? Are they the same characters who have slipped Creationism into school curricula, with surprising success? Do you think the Obama administration will be able to correct some of these abuses? (I know, they're only abuses if you think like I do, but don't forget this is my blog).
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