|, and since many abortions are performed after the gestational age when survival would be possible,
I'd like to know what this poster meant by this comment. It doesn't seem to make any sense at all. All of the people that I have known to make a choice to abort have done so way before any sort of viability...And I know A LOT of women who've had abortions so my sample number is pretty good.
Hmmm...I don't think it's developmentally appropriate to discuss the mechanics of abortion until the child is in the pre-adolescent stage.
But if the subject comes up here's what I would say depending on the age.
3-6 years: Abortion is a medical procedure for women. Or abortion is something a woman has to go to a doctor so that they don't have a baby until they are ready.
7-10 years: First, I think the child needs the mechanics of sex and conception as background knowledge for understanding the concept of abortion. I would not even begin to discuss abortion until the scaffolding of knowledge detailing bodily changes, puberty, menstruation, cycles, overall health and hygiene, and human pregnancy and birth are discussed in a developmentally appropriate manner with the parents or other loving family unit.
Again, if the subject comes up one must be prepared. If pregnancy and birth and everything before that have not been discussed I would simply say what I wrote for children 3-6 years, and I would add: I would like to explain what abortion is in more detail with facts and reasons, but I want you to understand first what it means to be pregnant and sexually active. I will come back to your question as soon as we cover all the information that comes before understanding abortion. There is nothing wrong with telling children honestly, you need to know THIS first then I can teach you THAT. I think that way the children will hear all the important, hopefully balanced information from YOU, and then clear up any misconceptions they may have.
These are just some ideas, I hope others have more ideas to add! Great question.