It's all well and good to talk about how many children would be born unwanted, in poverty, etc. if abortion were not legal.
But I might remind you that abortion on demand has been fully legal in all of the US for the past 33 years. An entire generation has been born, grown up, and given birth to the next generation in that time. Does anyone actually believe that we have made substantial progress in solving the problems of teenage parenthood, childhood poverty, etc?
Wake up, people. Legalized abortion has done nothing to solve our problems!
And would anyone dare to look one of those children in the eye and tell them that the world would be better off had they not been born? If you could not say such a thing to a person's face, then you need to think twice about advocating it as public policy.
I've worked with inner-city kids from the public housing projects around here since I was 18 years old. What these kids need is a society that truly cares about what becomes of them. Giving their mothers better access to abortions is not going to do a bloody thing to help them!
Furthermore, the mere suggestion of such a thing smacks of eugenics, which is morally repulsive to say the least. The value of someone's life has nothing whatsoever to do with the social class, education, race, or any other characteristic of his or her parents.
Do you honestly think that a woman who happens to be poor wants to kill her own child because of it? And how dare anyone tell a woman that she ought to kill her own child.
Abortion does nothing to make women free. Instead, it perpetuates male domination of society, because it allows men to continue to have sex with whomever they want, and their only "responsibility" is to pay for the abortion and maybe drive his girlfriend home from the clinic. Of course men run around on power trips - legalized abortion allows them to. Abortion isn't really for women and it's certainly not for children. It's for the convenience of men! By killing our own children, we are allowing men to continue to hold dominance over us.
I was born after Roe, to an unmarried 16-year-old. She didn't "want" me; she placed me for adoption immediately after I was born (and BTW, my adoptive parents were of very modest means and were on a waiting list for 3 *years* to adopt me, and I was placed in their home the very same day I was discharged from the hospital after birth). But fortunately, she loved me and
loved herself enough to know that violently ending my life would do nothing to improve hers. She had a "choice", sure. And if she'd exercised that "choice", my life would have been snuffed out when it had barely begun. And I'm the very same person today that I was as a fetus or an embryo. To reduce a fetus' life to a "choice" is quite literally telling me that I do not have the right to be standing here today. And if you tell me that today, I will look you square in the eye and tell you "Bull****. I have every bit as much of a right to be here as anyone else. You have no right to look down on me because of the circumstances of my conception!"
Speaking of abortion as a "choice that every woman is entitled to" is literally saying that I have a right to decide whether my own children should live or die, but no fundamental right to exist myself. That just doesn't make sense at any level.
Freedom does not consist in being allowed to kill your own children. Freedom means having the ability to making decisions that are compassionate to ourselves and others without fear of resulting negative consequences. It means having the right to make whatever non-violent choice you wish - parenthood or adoption. It means having the right to have and raise a baby without losing your livelihood or having to quit school. It means having the absolute right to child support payments from the baby's father, if you choose to parent. It means having the right to choose what type of adoption arrangement is most suited to your preferences, should you choose that route.
And lest you think that abortion access has always been synonymous with feminism, read this: [url="http://http://www.womendeservebetter.com/history/foremoth.htm
Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and many other feminist foremothers were adament in their opposition to abortion, recognizing it for what it is: violence inflicted on women and children.
We deserve better than abortion. Period.