January 23, 2001    





What would you think if abortion was illegal where you live?

Since I know what a volatile issue this is, I think silence is golden in this case. I aint saying a damn thing, and that's the bottom line.....

Bruno, 31
, CO   USA

Abortion is legal in Pennsylvania. I do not think it is the most effective manner of family planning and I wish that contraception and abstinence were given as much publicity as abortion is. I do think that abortion is a decision for each individual woman.

Jill, 60

I think it would be terrible and would violate the rights of the women in my community.

Sarah S., 17
, NY   USA

I think I'd move to where it was legal to have an abortion. If the United States made abortion illegal, I don't like to think what they'd do next.

etoile, 20

I think some folks would be breaking the law.

Fisch, 45
, CT   USA

Although I wouldn't have an abortion, I don't think that abortion should be illegal. I just had a huge argument about this on a mailing list, so I am going to stop there, I am sick of this whole debate

Maggie, 20
, IL   USA

I would be very happy as I do not believe in abortion. You can use birth control. If you decide not to then get pregnant then you should take the responsibility of raising that child. But if your pregnancy was from a rape I have different feelings on that.

Marci, 55

I would love that!

Melodi, 19
, OH   USA

I'm pretty sure abortions ARE legal where I'm from and covered by our provincial health plan. And I think they should be. There are many circumstances that poeple don't take into account when they lobby to take away that choice. I do government genealogy for a living, and you wouldn't believe the cases I get: children born thru incest, gang rape, etc. I really don't know if I could have a child under those circumstances -- nor do I think I'd want to be born and always have that hanging over my head.

Jaden, 21
Brampton, Ontario   CANADA

I would be very disturbed. I'm old enough to remember young women suffering from the aftereffects of illegal abortions. Also, while I think that precautions against pregnancy should be taken by anyone who does not wish to conceive, I recognize that birth control can fail and that a woman should be able to choose, certainly in the first trimester, not to continue a pregnancy. The real evil is giving life to a child who is not loved.

Jane, 60
West Linn
, OR   USA

I'd think that it was none of politicians' business what other people do when given major life choices. I wouldn't have an abortion at this point in my life, but I've never been faced with that issue. So I'm not really fit to judge what other people do when they are faced with it.

Karen, 21

I find it strange that someone like George Bush things Americans should have more control over their money, but that when it comes to women controlling their bodies quite a different story. Deciding to give birth is a major life choice and no person (female or male), should be denied alternatives. This said, using abortion as a form of birth control is simply irresponsible and ill informed.

Felicia, 34
, MA   USA

Here is my answer to the question on Jan. 23rd, "What would you do if abortion were illegal in your state?" I am pro-choice on the abortion issue but the church I belong to believes in following the laws of the state you live in so I guess if I decided to have an abortion, I would go where it WAS legal.

Jill, 60

Id think it was time to move. Im a strong believer in women's right to choose.

Talia, 23
, CT   USA

Women should have the freedom to choose what is right for them. Abortion should be legal because it is a serious procedure. When it is not legal, many women have taken great risk to find their own methods. This is not safe or healthy. If a woman is trusted to carry a baby for nine months she should be able to decide if she is ready or not, and if it is time to bring a child into the world. I don't advocate abortion as a means of birth control and feel that any decision made should be an educated one.

Tina, 31
, MA    USA

I would be wondering what this world was coming to.... I think it's very unconsitutional, and people should have the right to choose. I thinkthat bringing a child into a world where the parent(s) cannot provide for them is wrong. I hope they never make abortion illegal.

Dianne, 16
Oshawa, Ontario  CANADA

Never mind think, I'd be ACTING to change that state of affairs.

Kim, 30
New York
, NY   USA

I'd wonder how the city would deal with school budgets having to be spread even thinner, how many women will die from coat-hangers, how fast the population explosion would effect rent rates, how the gov would deal with all the new women on welfare who ordinarily have been able to go on working and how long it would take the churches to blame all these problems on Satan.

Alias Irrelevante

I think abortion is a womans right but should not be abused. If  abortion was illegal here, I think there would be alot of places that did it for a fee (an illegal clinic) I think it should only be used incases of incest or rape or a danger to the mother. But that's just me.

Stephanie, 25

What's to think about? We would all be better off...

Jeremy, 13
Highlands Ranch

I would think "that's not fair" and go on about my business, as I am unaware of any direct correlation between this and my daily life.

Firelady, 23
, TX    USA

I'd think it makes as much sense as suicide being illegal... or tickets for not wearing your seatbelt or sending pot-smoking kids to jail to REALLY learn cool things to do... in short--are you used to being fucked by gov't yet. if not--you better get used to it quick

Charlie, 21

It wouldn't bother me. There are other answers to unwanted pregnancy than abortion. Making it illegal would make it where people would have to think about the other options available.

Angela, 16
, SC   USA

It would be a travesty. Abortions would happen just as much, I'm  sure.  Although, instead of happening in a clean doctor's office that complies with governmental health regulations, they would happen in an back alley with most likely a coat hanger. It's funny that the ends of "pro-life" goals would probably just mean the death of more women denied the right to a safe abortion.

Eric, 18
Beverly Hills

I would have mixed emotions about that. But I guess it would make sense. A law against having a doctor kill your unborn child for you. Hmmmmm. But, then, Iguess alot of women around here would feel a bit uncomfortable without their right to choose.

Lisa J., 22

I'd think, "gee, what a backwards idiotic place I live in that could institute such a destructive and mean-spirited policy into law. . ."

mothmc, 36
Los Angeles

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