Efforts to outlaw abortion, part 2
Demi - thank you so much for your thoughtful and detailed response to my question. I appreciate the time you took to explain your positions.
We agree in many ways. I also think that abortions beyond 12 weeks should have really good reasons - such as detection of fetal medical issues, risk to mother, etc. Most women would/could/should realize they are pregnant by 6-8 weeks, would probably take their own OTC test to confirm it and decide how they want to proceed. If a pregnancy continues into the third trimester, then I would want the rules to get even tighter on proceeding with abortion.
I don't know if abortion statistics have been collected as to when abortions are occurring for the most part (e.g., 95% in the first trimester).
I also don't believe that the government should be paying for abortions. But I do believe that a person's healthcare should cover it as part of their overall coverage just as they would cover low cost birth control.
And I don't believe the government should be paying for birth control although it is possible that free clinics might cover that through private grants.
I believe that women have certain rights in regards to their healthcare needs that are unique from what men have.
I am not an advocate of government handing out freebies. But I do believe that government has a role in ensuring that basic needs are covered through private means (e.g., employer healthcare). I believe that government has a role in protecting the consumer because otherwise businesses would not. The profit motive is too strong to always ensure that consumers get a fair shake.