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Why rational and enlightened democracies no longer ban abortions

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While the US Supreme Court was overturning Roe v Wade, Israel was going in the opposite direction, making access to abortion easier. In fact, the US is alone among liberal democracies. With the overturning of Roe v Wade, parts of the US are now or are about to become even more restrictive that most of the ultra-conservative and ultra-patriarchal countries, including Pakistan (listed as one of the 10 worst countries for women) where abortion is allowed for health or socioeconomic reasons. The consensus in practically all liberal democracies today is that when it comes to abortion, it is “her body, her choice”.

But does the pro-choice stand mean that we give up the right to have any further thoughts or opinions on abortion? Are we saying that since it is the pregnant woman’s decision, we wash our hands of the whole matter? Not at all.

Being pro-choice simply means that when a woman is pregnant, since it is her body and no one else’s body that is carrying the fetus, she and only she makes the ultimate decision on whether to carry the pregnancy to........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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