Assessing your values
Via The Abortioneers (though titled there “How Pro-Choice Are You?”, a construction I don’t really care for) is the following assessment of values related to the right to abortion. Even though it’s been a long time since I had anything other than a firm and totalizing opinion about abortion (bet you can’t guess what), it was interesting for me to think through my responses to these questions.
You don’t have to answer them (though of course you can!), but feel free to comment with any reflections on this exercise. Which questions made you think? Which made you uncomfortable? How would you discuss your answers with someone who disagreed with you?
Do you Agree or Disagree with the following statements:
1. Every woman has the right to choose to terminate a pregnancy regardless of when during the pregnancy.
2. Abortion should be allowed even beyond 24 weeks of pregnancy.
3. Parental consent should be required for any teen under the age of 18 requesting an abortion.
4. Women who have more than 5 abortions are irresponsible.
5. Women who have more than 10 abortions are irresponsible.
6. Women should not use abortion as a form of birth control.
7. I think reproductive health advocacy organizations should promote the use of emergency contraception in order to decrease the number of abortions in the US each year.
8. I feel uncomfortable if a woman has an abortion because of the gender of the pregnancy.
9. Male partners should have the right to be a part of the decision to terminate a pregnancy.
10. I think a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion is an absolute and inalienable right no matter what.
One more activity to sit with is an open-ended finish the sentence:
1. Abortions are:
2. Women who have abortions are:
3. A woman facing an unwanted pregnancy needs to:
4. In this country, abortion should be:
5. People working to restrict abortion should:
6. People working on behalf of women’s right to choose should: