Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

November 29, 2005

Why do people have abortions?

Filed under: — Different River @ 7:42 pm

Well, let’s ask. But first, let’s ask why people perform abortions. (Actually, the Los Angeles Times asked for us.)

[Dr. William F.] Harrison opened an obstetrics and gynecology practice, but after the Supreme Court established abortion as a constitutional right in 1973, he decided to take on an additional specialty. Now 70, Harrison estimates he’s terminated at least 20,000 pregnancies.

He calls himself an “abortionist” and says, “I am destroying life.”

In the years since, Harrison has become more outspoken.

But he also feels he’s giving life: He calls his patients “born again.”

“When you end what the woman considers a disastrous pregnancy, she has literally been given her life back,” he says.

Note the religious imagery here — “born again.” Now I’ve heard some right-wing commentators describe abortion as a “sacrament” of the left-wingers, but hearing it in such terms from an abortionist is a new one to me. Maybe it really is a sacrament of leftism.

But I digress. Let’s see from one of Dr. Harrison’s patients what it means to “literally” be given her life back:

His first patient of the day, Sarah, 23, says it never occurred to her to use birth control, though she has been sexually active for six years. When she became pregnant this fall, Sarah, who works in real estate, was in the midst of planning her wedding. “I don’t think my dress would have fit with a baby in there,” she says.

Well now, at least we know what the stakes are now.

ADDENDUM (12/5/05):

I should have pointed out that the article is a “puff piece” — it seems obviously intended to portray Dr. Harrison and his career, if not his patients as well, in a positive light. If you read the entire story, the context of the paragraph above makes it clear that “Sarah” is meant to be portrayed in a sympathetic light, without any irony. It is as if to say anyone who would oppose Sarah’s right to an abortion is just a killjoy out to ruin her dream wedding.

28 Responses to “Why do people have abortions?”

  1. Anna Says:

    I personaly am aginst abortion but for a class debate I had to research reason people have
    abortions and why it should be legal. It made me relize that why its still areally horrible
    thing to do people usaly have a good reason for doing it. Its not that their unresponsible
    like I used to think there jusally scared or it sometimes in the best intrest of the child.

  2. nina herman Says:

    i think this is sick

  3. QueenDiamonds Says:

    i fyl sick,i mean when a baby is born just luk what great fings u av done, u av given life

  4. Ifra Says:

    I think Abortion is BAD!

  5. nicole martinez Says:

    i am a junior in high school and doing a research on abortions and with every
    thing i have seen and read it is just plain really sad what is going in this
    days. . . i hope some one opens their eyes before its to late!

  6. Kimberly Says:

    My opinion is that I disagree with abortion. Even though it is against my religion and God, myself thinks it is wrong. It’s a sin. A child should be able to have a chance in life and see what life is. God created babies so they can have a life; he has plans for that child. Abortion is not an option, adopt is an option. Many people wait years and are on the waiting list to get a chance to adopt a child to love and care for. People should experience life. Getting pregnant at a young age is irresponsible, but unless you are ready and are at the right age and you get pregnant and you are ready and planned it, it is ok. Because you were ready; children are precocious and should get a chance in life. Everyone should have a chance in life and feel how life is.

  7. Phantesia Vanburen Says:

    I think that having a abortion should not be legal. Abortion is a way of killing a human life.
    I know the human isn’t born yet but still. Lets play roles here if you were in your mothers stomach righ tnow and she didnt want you would you want her to give you up. I dont think so. So in conlusion abortion should
    not be legal.

  8. miranda allen Says:

    ABORTION IS WRONG!!!!! I dont understand why anyone would want to kill a baby its just way to sad and if they decide for abortion i think they should get in trouble because its like killing a human!!!!! ITS JUST ISNT RIGHT TO KILL A BABY!!!!!!

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  10. desirae Says:

    i think it is so rong

  11. katie collins Says:

    I work on a ward that have 4 people in a day having abortions. I am against abortion when people have one night stand or dont want to stand up to the responabilites. But wen a mum comes in with an probelm with the baby that could lead to both of them dying, then am not against it at all. I seems unfair to judge ppl b4 u know the really reason. Women have come into are ward because they have been raped and couldnt face up being a racism baby, Could you??? I really think ppl should look at the wider picture before judging people. I know the pictures are bad that you see and its not nice to see it in real life either and theres plenty of women out there that cannot have children and would love to have them. But PLEASE b4 all jumping, look futher into it.

  12. laurenn s Says:

    i am a freshman in high school,
    and i am doing a research paper on abortions.
    with all the pictures and stories i have read,
    i am sick to my stomach. it hurts me to see
    people can accually commite doing this horrible thing.
    i think people who do it need to recognise what they are doing
    and ask themselves, what am I doing.
    if you want to have sex, you need to take the reponsibilities
    that come on the side, example having a baby.
    and if you can’t handle that responsibility, then just flat out
    DONT HAVE SEX!, it is as easy as that.

  13. Mark M Says:

    If abortion is so wrong, then what about rape victims which result in pregnancy? you can’t really argue that that is taking responsibility for having sex

  14. Ajnat Hardy Says:

    It should be against the law to have abortions. People who have abortions should be tooken to jail and charged for murder. I say this because I think everyone should have a chance in life!!!! ABORTION IS WACK!!!!!!

  15. dre dre Says:

    i think abortions r rong. i dnt undastand y n e one would want to have an abortions

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  17. Angela Says:

    hi im angela n im doin a report in abortion n im against it.its true if u cant affort a baby or just dnt want one DONT HAVE SEX. and about those raped girls well yea its sad and it sucks but come on the baby not only has parts of the guy who raped u but it also has u in it u made it too! not wanting it but its still part of u.

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  19. kayla Says:

    i think who ever gets pregnant should keep there baby because noone forsed them to open their legs. so if you dont want to have a baby they should fucking wait untill they fucking want one.
    otherwise if they cant wait they should leave with the fuckin consequence

  20. Stacey Sedberry Says:

    i think abortions should be illegal because you have the right to have a life when you was in your mother your mom made a choice not to have an abortion. So why should you? Murders! If you abortion than you should go to jail.

  21. Stacey Sedberry Says:

    i think abortions should be illegal because you have the right to have a life when you was in your mother your mom made a choice not to have an abortion. So why should you? Murders! If you abortion than you should go to jail. That is so wrong and not true

  22. shelvie Says:

    i think that is wrong for people to have abortions i think they should at least give the baby away if they dont wont it

  23. Dakota Says:

    I’m 14 years old and I am currently researching for a speech project about wheither abortions are another name for murder, or a desperate necessity. Well, here’s the thing. Sure there’s plenty of pictures and sites that explain the bad side of abortions, but what about the good. I am for abortions because you don’t have to be irresponsible to make the mistake of having sex before you are ready to have a child. Think about all those rape victims, or even high school students. Sure, you may mess up and have sex, but how can you say abortions are wrong?! Would you rather have an unexpected child and risk bringing up in poverty due to lack of your educaution(because you couldn’t finish high school or colledge), your lack of money( school,clothes,FOOD…), or would you rather save that child from that and finish what you started?! Although I personally have no experiance ( haven’t had abortion- Virgin!) with this, I know that unless you know her reasons you can’t judge her.

  24. ishi40 Says:

    i think abortion is morally wrong for some reasons because theres a life inside you, im pregnant in my first child, im 22 and i witnessed how my little angel grow when i first saw him/her in the ultrasound, theres a heart already beating, no one can say that’s not a human being, i would approved for abortion if its a life threatening theres a reason to it,. but because you mess up thats not reasonable,. you know when you have sex youll end up pregnant so why do it?, and why would you be selfish to blame the baby for your mistake., your the one who put yourself in bed, and get laid and this baby is innocent, i know theres a law that everyone have the right to have life, regardless of race, or ethnic group or whatever.,well if your talkinf about lack of education, you know what sex means and pregnancy means, you grew up in a family and you know how things go so why do it if your not ready yet, right?! honestly at first im thinking to kill my baby but i remember my mom told me when i was little my dad want me to be aborted but my mom fight for my life, and guess what im the one who took care of my dad up too his last breath and my dad apologized to me and told me its a good thing your mom didnt listen to me, i would never have a wonderful daughter like you. same as i have right now, i know its hard to raise a child but its the way things that you need to grow up. after abortion you cant tell me i would never have sex again, pleasseeee. i bet after 3 months youll have sex and get pregnant and then what? abort it again?! so think about it,if your too selfish to give life then put a condom on your pocket or take a morning pill after as easy as that

  25. Sadie Says:

    People should not do abortion even if they’re christan because in the commandmants it says Thou shall not kill.

  26. Destiny Franco Says:

    you should not get an abortion. you just killed a life. that person could of been the next presedent or person who is great.

  27. Will Smith Says:

    Im looking at abortions and i think that even though it is taking away life i think that you should respect peoples desicion in life and not judge everyone. I also think that if people need to have an abortion people shouldnt judge them because they might not be able to afford the cost of a baby. However if people are having more than one abortion they need to wake up and do something about it. If there idea of fun is having unprotected sex then these people need to be told how to look after themselves and i think that there should be a limit on how many abortions someone can hav

  28. mindy Says:

    people have a choice before they get pregnant.If you were responsible in the first place you would not have to face this.your child should not suffer for your irresponsibility and stupidity.Its sick getting raped having sex at a really young age or parents disagreement or even not being able to fit in your wedding drees are no reasons to kill your own flesh and blood.as a young mother of a beautiful daughter and a 20 week pregnant women Ive never been so disgusted by some peoples remarks. There is to many other ways to handle this rather than killing a child.Yes that’s what they are they are babies children fetus is just a term.i don’t care what any one says god will not forgive such a sin as killing.In other words murder and i don’t care how young you are or what you have in life or don’t have.People who are not going to dye if they don’t have in abortion should and probably are going to rot in hell.

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