virus: RE: Abortion (formerly AIDS Meme)

Hakeeb A. Nandalal (
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 15:42:58 +0000

Kenneth Boyd wrote :-

> My family history also biases me against abortion, since both my mother
> and my father refused to allow the doctors to abort me in 1970. [Roe vs.
> Wade [1974] had NO EFFECT on medically necessary abortions, such as the
> one my parents refused! It legalized "abortion on whim".]

Obviously I hit a nerve there and I apologize in advance for the following :-

Ten Reasons Why I *am* Here :-

1. My mother didn't have an abortion
2. My mother didn't have a hysterectomy
3. My mother didn't use "the pill"
4. My mother didn't use a diaphragm
5. My mother didn't practice birth control
6. My father didn't have a vasectomy
7. My father didn't use a condom
8. My father didn't take a hot bath
9. My father didn't wear tight jeans
10. My parents didn't think that there were enough Indians in the world

Now, which of the above should I discourage? Actually I have this theory that I was aborted and my innocent soul
ended up in this bizzarro world instead.

I'm glad you're with us Kenneth, but don't get carried away with inflicting your memes on others, that's the
pro-lifers job. Here's what the people with the wombs have to say about it :-

General Information about NOW
Reproductive Rights

NOW affirms that these are issues of life and death for women, not mere
matters of choice. NOW supports access to safe and legal abortion, to
effective birth control, to reproductive health and education. We oppose
attempts to restrict these rights through legislation, regulation (like the
gag rule ) or Constitutional amendment.

March to Stop Rights's Anti-Abortion Legislation, Lies
by Lisa Bennett-Haigney

A woman's fundamental right to abortion as established by Roe v. Wade has
been under increased assault by a conservative and busy Congress, and by
anti-abortion activists posting their scare tactics on subway signs. But
reproductive rights activists around the country are ready to demonstrate
our own clout, solidarity and conviction in San Francisco April 14 and at
the polls this fall.

"We know that the so-called religious right wants to continue to roll back
our rights as women and as people of color. We need each one of you to get
involved in this battle for our lives," NOW National Secretary Karen Johnson
said at Capital City NOW's candlelight vigil at the U.S. Supreme Court
honoring the 23rd anniversary of Roe.

Here's what the brilliant legal minds have to say about it :-

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)

Ruling that declaratory, though not injunctive, relief was
warranted, the court declared the abortion statutes void as vague and
overbroadly infringing those plaintiffs' Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973)
Blackmun, J. -- Opinion of the Court

We forthwith acknowledge our awareness of the sensitive and emotional nature
of the abortion controversy, of the vigorous opposing views, even among
physicians, and of the deep and seemingly absolute convictions that the
subject inspires. One's philosophy, one's experiences, one's exposure to the
raw edges of human existence, one's religious training, one's attitudes
toward life and family and their values, and the moral standards one
establishes and seeks to observe, are all likely to influence and to color
one's thinking and conclusions about abortion.

In addition, population growth, pollution, poverty, and racial overtones
tend to complicate and not to simplify the problem.

Statements like "abortion on whim" sound ominous but regardless of the memes in your head, my head, and the
pro-lifers heads, let's not make up anyone else's mind for them.

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