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You may not believe it from the way I sound here, but there was a period of my life where I was seriously leaning toward the "pro-life" side. At the time I still didn't feel it was right though that a woman who had been raped or or was a victim of incest could not have an abortion. The thing that kept catching me though was that if only those women were allowed to have abortions, the burden would then be on them to prove their right to an abortion.
I am very thankful to have never been in one of the above situations, but I am sure that there are many, many women who are never able to come forward to tell anyone about what happened because of fear or shame (not that they should feel shame, just that that is how many do feel) or other reasons. Having to prove one's right to an abortion after an experience like that would be a horrifying experience to these women. I don't know, perhaps there is an alternative, but this is something to think about.
And what I believe NARAL is advertising is that choice should be remain legal. That women should have the choice to have an abortion or the choice not to have an abortion. This right to choice is constantly under threat in various ways all over this country. If you read a little on NARAL's site or the Planned Parenthood site, and you will see that this is not a right one can take for granted.
About the fact that this is in the spirituality forum. Please remember that this is Spirituality, not Christianity. I consider myself spiritual. I am not a Christian, however, nor a member of any organized religion. I actually explained early on in this thread how I see family planning fitting into my own spirituality, but I was told I went off topic. I personally saw that as very much on topic. In fact I posted it here rather than on your cross-posted thread of the same topic in another forum because it related to spirituality. I have not posted yet in other threads in the Spirituality forum because so far since I have joined, none other than this thread have had any relevance to my own sense of spirituality and I have not had anything I personally wanted to bring up.
Also, respectfully, there are other organized religions, even monotheistic ones, even branches of Christianity, that don't believe life begins at conception and don't believe abortion is inherently wrong. I think members of these religions would be surprised to find that they weren't included in this thread either.
Perhaps it would have made sense to label your thread "Conservative Christians -- Bothered by...?" if you wanted to avoid the rest of us others jumping in.