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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Birthright"


I just read an article in the latest New Yorker, "Birthright," by Jill Lepore, a Harvard history professor, on the history of birth control and abortion in America. I regret that I cannot link to it. It is one of the most interesting pieces I have read in a long time, and a magnificent study of the past and present that everybody really needs to read.

7 comments:

Leslie Gomez-COM. 101 Sec. 4041 said...

People would be surprised the effects birth control actually have on your body. I'm pro-choice, but I, myself, could not find it in me to abort a child. Such a controversial topic.

Maura Goldberg COM101 6002 said...

i have been thinking of subscribing to the New Yorker actually....their articles do not disappoint. It would be interesting to read about the history of BC, I have never really thought about it before.

taboada hn4041 said...

i am too pro choice but it is a true hard decision,like a say great things can come out of something unplanned or bad.

Alexis Donovan 4041 said...

I am prolife.. I feel that anybody who makes an irresponsible decision needs to man up and live with the consequences. I understand that some people are not in a good financial situation or are just not ready to have a baby. But i strongly believe in the chance at life and that adoption is out there for a reason.

dulcenea leae com101-4041 said...

Very controversial topic. I am pro-choice. It all boils down to responsibilities with me and even if an individual can't take full responsibilities there is still that choice of adoption. There are so many people out there who want children but aren't able to have any. People should think on it long and hard before being too rational.

Dane Gerace Com101-6002 said...

I am pro-choice, but I think people need to think a lot more before they make a choice about it. Aborting a child is an irreversible decision and you really have to be sure it is the right thing to do because you will have to live with that choice for the rest of your life, I have met a couple people who use it almost as a form of birth control and its a little sickening.

Anonymous said...

I once heard someone, I think it was a comedian, say everyone is one unwanted pregnancy away from being pro-choice. I do not believe in any way that the government should tell women what they can and cannot do to their bodies, but I also do not believe that government funding should go to something that people do have moral or religious issues with. There are many reasons to abort, and they are growing now that science has advanced to where we can see a fetus' genome. There are also very valid reasons not to: like the possibility of having complications when you really do want kids. It is a choice with resounding consequences either way and I think the government should stay out of it completely.
-Nicole H.