The problem here is that women have always had the choice whether to get pregnant or not except in the case of rape. Yes, society has made it difficult to exercise that choice in the past in some instances, but that's a social problem that can be corrected without killing anyone. The solution to the "brood mare" issue is entirely a problem that not only can be handled, but needs to be handled outside of the scope of abortions. The fact is that abortions have no effect on the fact that partners act imperiously or irresponsibly towards women. The women may abort a child, but that won't keep her away from the situation that got her pregnant the first time, whether it is an overbearing male or her own ignorance or irresponsibility.
To properly balance the rights of women and children, abortion needs to be illegal except in cases of medical necessity. Abortion is no boon to Women's Rights, it's divergence from any real progress on that front.
Edited by Uncle Sid, 03 June 2004 - 06:41 AM.