Thursday, September 30, 2010

Article 1

Divya Unni
Mrs. Bailey
AP Government-7th
01 October 2010

Article #1 Summary
Title: When the Anti-Choice choose
Author: Joyce Arthur
Main Idea: The anti-choice people are hypocrites. They do not practice what they preach; they are against abortion yet get abortions.
*Abortion is a very private choice. How do anti-choice supporters deal with an unwanted pregnancy?
*Anti-choice protesters vehemently oppose abortion in public but do not think twice to terminate an unwanted pregnancy of theirs or their loved ones. According to a clinic administrator in Alberta, a woman recovering from an abortion declared loudly that abortion should be made illegal despite the fact that it was her 2nd abortion within the last few months.
*A physician in Colorado had to deal with a woman who was getting an abortion in spite of thinking that abortion was murder, she a murderer for getting one and the doctor was committing a crime by doing the procedure.
*A physician in New York had a patient who came from South Carolina to get an abortion, as she didn’t want the members of her church group to discover that she had an abortion.
*A 1994/95 survey of nearly 10,000 abortion patients indicated that 18% of them were born again or Evangelical Christians. The survey also showed Catholic women have an abortion rate 29% higher than Protestant women.
*Anti-Choice women feel that their desire for an abortion is different – unlike others-though they undergo an abortion for similar reasons. They decline counseling, want to furtively enter through the back door and desire a room away from others. They do not want to sit in the room with others who they think are “garbage” and have “loose morals”. They are roused to anger if the other patients laugh or talk, because the feel this validates the belief that they are getting abortions for their selfish purposes.
*An anti- abortion organization – Life Dynamics Inc- specializes in malpractice suits aimed at abortion providers. Their clients are women who are guilt-stricken over their decision to abort, anti-abortionists or the ones unsure about their decision to have an abortion. The stigma of getting an abortion forces these women to vent their frustration on someone namely the physician who performed the abortion.
*There are some exceptions to the badly behaved anti-choice patient. Some of them come to terms with their decision and even become pro-choice or at least more accepting of others desiring an abortion. An anti-choice Louisiana patient wrote a thank you letter to the clinic and owned up to being a hypocrite.
*A doctor from a northwestern state divulged a story of a pro-life woman who after her abortion received counseling from Planned Parenthood. It taught her to accept and forgive herself, thereby making her more tolerant. She later went on to work in an abortion clinic where her experience was an asset.
3 Important Facts:
1.                     In 1981, almost 25% of women who had abortions thought they were wrong.
2.                     Catholic women have a higher abortion rate than Protestant women, about 29% higher.
3.                     According to a Planned Parent handbook about half of all abortions are for women who claim to be devout Christians.
Bias/ Faulty Reasoning: This article is from a pro-choice website which will contain articles that are more slanted in their favor. Also, the statistics are not very accurate since the majority are from the 1980s.
New Terms/Concepts
            1.  Contraindication- something that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable


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