I don't know why this is an issue that just won't go away, oh yeah, extremists. Right off the bat I'll admit I'm pretty much a pro lifer, but this has turned into black and white almost from the get go. The SCC struck down our cc
laws prohibiting abortion decades ago, and I'm sure Roe v Wade had the same effect, though I don't know squat about US law. What it means here is that there is no law regarding abortion, period. Fair enough, I am also somewhat of a libertarian and it really is none of my business what women, or anyone for that matter wants to do with their body, just don't make it my business, I think that's only fair.
Somehow the pro choice groups got it into their heads that they now have a right to abortion, which in a sense they do insofar as I have the right to get a tattoo. But they also got it into their heads that the state, meaning you and I, should have to pay for it. That now makes it my business. The idea that abortion is being used as a means of birth control disgusts me considering so many other less harmful options exist. But even the mention of this brings out the extremists with the "what about rape or incest victims?" rant derailing any debate.
The pro life side also has its extremists what with the shock value of gruesome pictures and displays and such, I put them in the same pile as PETA, that should say enough.
Years ago I never gave the issue a second thought until it was time for me to move back West for the third time. A young cousin, I think she was 15 or 16, was pregnant and considering terminating, it was in a small Northern Ontario town where everyone knew everybody's business, especially family. I dropped in to visit for a couple hours and just chatted with her, she and her boyfriend had broken up and she was at wit's end. My extended family is somewhat dysfunctional, quite judgmental with a bit of a racist bent so she was not in a good place. But we talked, I really offered no more advice than to really think about it and give the guy another chance and I would support her in any choice she made. And as fooked up as our family is, they will not abandon you in times of need.
She had that child, married the guy and two more, moved to Southern Ontario, got really good jobs and are both set to retire this year. She is eternally grateful, and so am I.