I love how DT assumes that conservative women don't get abortions.
An awful lot of women who get pregnant, even when the pregnancy is unplanned and unwanted, have the child. They manage, they deal, they cope. Or not. Then the welfare state, social services, police, foster care and emergency rooms have to take over. Of the many women who I have talked to about this kind of thing, the ones who had children even though they did not particularly want them far outweigh the numbers of women who had abortions.
If, instead of making up crap out of his own head, took the time to read through the actual data collected on women who have abortions-- conveniently provided by Jag on a different thread-- Dr. T would see that most US women who have abortions are religious. Many used birth control, many are married and hardly any fit the stereotype of the drunken slut picking up strange men at the local burger joint.
Warning: possibly graphic stuff coming up.
Of the 6 women whose circumstances I know best, only one got pregnant from a random one-night encounter-- with a guy she met at the laundromat whose name she barely knew. She was a pretty messed up babe overall, and definitely did not need to be trying to handle pregnancy on top of her other problems. Think Amy Winehouse, but with no money or singing ability. She had at least two abortions that I knew of.
The other woman who had several abortions-- a Jewish girl from a conservative wealthy family--was also very messed up. She was strung out on drugs and not taking care of herself due to various psychological problems, sexual abuse, etc. She later got her act together, got into therapy, went back to school, eventually got a doctorate, married a smart, caring black man and they now have two cute biracial kids.
Of the rest, one lady was a married housewife with two kids in high school. And they were Christians, very active in their church in a small midwestern town. She had serious reproductive problems (including random non-stop bleeding) that made it hard for her to use many forms of contraception. When she got pregnant a third time at 40, she had the abortion and a hysterectomy. Talk about relief.
Another was a Catholic woman who got pregnant by her fiancee before the wedding. She would have been disowned by her very well-placed conservative east coast family, so she had an illegal abortion. It was the 1950's and very important to maintain the illusion of a nice Catholic girl who never had sex before the wedding night. After the wedding, she and her husband went on to have three kids.
Two other women were teachers-- one living apart from her husband, not wanting any children, and trying to hold onto her job and the other just not wanting more than one child. Both of them told me specifically how relieved they were to not be pregnant anymore.
If women were absolutely destroyed by the guilt from having abortions-- and I am thinking mainly of the women whose stories I know best-- they would not have been able to become the productive and happy people they are today. It does not seem like they are crippled by all-consuming guilt. These women did not even express much in the way of regret. If they had stayed pregnant, and accepted the societal, economic, physical and psychological consequences, who knows where they (and the unwanted children) might had ended up?
But even if the stereotype were true, and it was mainly horrible, whiney, stupid, lazy, whorish, low-class, weak, liberal, godless, (etc. negative adjective) women who got abortions, why in hell would anyone (who claimed to care for children) want such women to become mothers? Why would anyone want them to be producing the next generation? It boggles my mind.