Do you Agree or Disagree with the following statements:
2. Abortion should be allowed even beyond 24 weeks of pregnancy. Agree
3. Parental consent should be required for any teen under the age of 18 requesting an abortion. Disagree
4. Women who have more than 5 abortions are irresponsible. Disagree
5. Women who have more than 10 abortions are irresponsible. Disagree, but I do think something is going on there.
6. Women should not use abortion as a form of birth control. Disagree
7. I think reproductive health advocacy organizations should promote the use of emergency contraception in order to decrease the number of abortions in the US each year. Hello? Agree! (And while we're at it, can the price of that come down a bit? Make it more affordable for all women, please?)
8. I feel uncomfortable if a woman has an abortion because of the gender of the pregnancy. Agree -- as in I myself feel uncomfortable with that. But it's not up to me to declare why a woman should or shouldn't get an abortion.
9. Male partners should have the right to be a part of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. Disagree. It's great if a couple does decide that together, but once you start instituting a man's "right," you could be looking at forced births. And that's a big No.
10. I think a woman's right to choose to have an abortion is an absolute and inalienable right no matter what. Agree.
One more activity to sit with is an open-ended finish the sentence:
1. Abortions are: often unfortunate. In most cases it means something went wrong somewhere -- unplanned pregnancy, failed birth control, problem pregnancy, etc. In some cases it means a crime occurred -- rape, incest. In all cases, every woman who wants or needs an abortion should have the access and means to procure one.
2. Women who have abortions are: your neighbor, coworker, friend, relative, etc. They are women, everywhere.
3. A woman facing an unwanted pregnancy needs to: consider her options and decide what is best for her, and perhaps consult with people she trusts.
4. In this country, abortion should be: safe, legal and available. Always.
5. People working to restrict abortion should: 1. Stop trying to push religious beliefs onto others who don't believe the same, and 2. Stop calling themselves "pro-life" and go with "anti-abortion" and/or "anti-choice," both of which are more accurate. They also should really think through what they're trying to do (often a logic class or two would help), because to me, most of these people can't see past their "babies come before everything" blinders.
6. People working on behalf of women's right to choose should: also be working on ways to reduce abortion, by promoting sex education and proper contraceptive use. And please, don't give up!