The reasons why women have abortions are diverse and vary dramatically across the world. Some of the most common reasons are to postpone childbearing to a more suitable time or to focus energies and resources on existing children. Others include being unable to afford a child either in terms of the direct costs of raising a child or the loss of income while she is caring for the child, lack of support from the father, inability to afford additional children, desire to provide schooling for existing children, disruption of one's own education, relationship problems with their partner, a perception of being too young to have a child, unemployment, and not being willing to raise a child conceived as a result of rape or incest, among others. An additional factor is risk to maternal or fetal health, which was cited as the primary reason for abortion in over a third of cases in some countries and as a significant factor in only a single-digit percentage of abortions in other countries. An American study in 2002 concluded that about half of women having abortions were using a form of contraception at the time of becoming pregnant. Inconsistent use was reported by half of those using condoms and three-quarters of those using the birth-control pill; 42% of those using condoms reported failure through slipping or breakage. The Guttmacher Institute estimated that "most abortions in the United States are obtained by minority women" because minority women "have much higher rates of unintended pregnancy. Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice. 10 Abortion Arguments: 10 Arguments For Abortion, 10 Arguments Against Abortion. A majority of people in the United States believe abortion should be legal and regulated. These facts fly in the face of both sides of the argument. The left wants abortion to be free and easy to obtain. The right wants abortion outlawed. There is an obvious solution to this problem if the leadership of both parties would just step forward. But they don't.

Abortion Law Is Already Extreme

from The Wall Street Journal,

Virginia’s governor lets slip the truth, causing discomfort for advocates.

A legislative effort to loosen restrictions on late-term abortion died last week in the Virginia General Assembly. The problem was that Gov. Ralph Northam was a little too honest about what the bill would mean. When an interviewer asked him what would happen to a baby born alive during a third-trimester abortion, the governor—who also works as a pediatric neurologist—said calmly: “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” What the governor is describing is already standard practice. That became clear at the 2013 trial of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor, who was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for stabbing infants to death after delivering them alive.

Proponents of legal abortion have responded to Mr. Northam’s comments with denial. “The idea that the proposed bill in VA somehow allows a woman to have an abortion up to or as she gives birth is flat-out untrue—it’s simply not how medical care works,” Planned Parenthood Action tweeted Thursday. In fact, eight states—Alaska, Colorado, Kansas, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont, along with New York under a law enacted last month—have no time limit on elective abortion. Another 20 or so—the exact number is unclear because some laws are vaguely written—allow abortion up to 24 weeks. The Supreme Court held in Roe v. Wade (1973) and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) that states must permit even third-trimester abortions for “the health of the mother.” The bill in Virginia—along with New York’s new Reproductive Health Act and a similar measure under consideration in Rhode Island—aims to sweep away what meager restrictions on abortion still exist. Such efforts are motivated by fear that the Supreme Court may now have a five-justice majority to curtail some of the excesses of the highly permissive abortion regime under Roe and Casey. Mr. Northam’s comments have caused great discomfort because they underscore how extreme the laws already are.

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