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Why is it that if you’re a female you are a supporter of a woman’s right to request an abortion? Oh, wait, you have to be educated too. Okay, I get it, I think. It goes like this: those women who do not support abortion on demand just need more education to know of its goodness (and maybe a female with an unwanted pregnancy in their family). If that would just happen, then all women would understand how very necessary it is to preserve a woman’s right to abortion on demand.  Or they absolutely should know if this ability to choose abortion on demand is taken away, then countless young women will have their lives ruined by carrying a pregnancy to delivery.  Got it, I think.

Except I keep wondering about all of these women I’ve met over the years who had an abortion and now grapple with depression (sometimes debilitating depression) because they believed terminating their pregnancies would make their lives better. Proponents who were around at the time of the decision mostly told them it’s a hard choice but they had to do it to get on with their lives. And they only feel bad now because their heads have been messed with by the religious right,  or they listen too much to the out dated patriarchal system which keeps them from understanding how good this choice was. This I don’t get.

The women I’ve met come from all sorts of backgrounds and beliefs and not just Western Christianity. And some actually come from women who also had abortions themselves and don’t seem to have any remorse. In other words, these women have been duly educated by their mothers on the benefits of abortion on demand both practically and emotionally. So why do they feel bad? Why is this something that just won’t go away?