Saturday, October 16, 2010
Abortion in Brazil?
Abortion has been the topic of conversation ever since Dilma (presidential candidate) voiced her disapproval of the procedure. The kicker, 3 years ago she was quoted as being for abortion.
The gossip is that she switched to gain votes as the population of Brazil is highly religious.
The country does allow abortion under extreme circumstances and/or when the mother´s life is in danger. That being said, there are places to have the procedure done if you are willing to pay. It´s a two step process where you pay at one location and then are given the address of the next.
This one is tough for me. I, personally, have never nor will ever have an abortion. On the other hand, I´ve never found myself in a seriously difficult position in my life. Really. My hardship was having to switch schools because my father was in the military. That´s quite different from not having enough food, being 13 years old, or something like that.
Thus I feel it´s not my place to decide for a woman and, as much as I know it is a life, I can not imagine it necessarily being a good thing to bring a child into a home where they are not wanted, will not get the care they need, and will have to fend for themselves. Should that be the case.
Another on the other hand, I do not think that abortion should be a form of birth control. Hells to the NO on that one!
So if I were Brazil, which I´m not, I would open Planned Parenthoods in every neighborhood. Depending on the neighborhood, maybe 2. I would give out 6 months worth of free birth control pills at a time and that special free little baggie of condoms. Ah hell, let´s throw in some lube.
For those who say you are only encouraging them, have to seen the baby situation in Brazil? Baby´s babies are having babies. It´s out of control! They are going to have sex. No one is making sure the kids are at home watching an after school special. We need to teach them how to protect themselves.
Only when this is in place would I legalize abortion... but not late term. Nowhere in my head can I rationalize that one.
It hurts me to think about someone getting one. It breaks my heart now that I have kids. But I´m not going to judge. I´m not that woman or that family. I have no idea what is going on in that home, in her heart, or in her head. Everyone has to follow their path and sometimes it´s not a pretty one. Sometimes it just has a couple of clouds. The thing is that it´s their path. Their life lessons. I´m not one to tell anyone how to live or learn.
What are your thoughts? How do you feel about Abortion and Dilma´s change of political heart?