Here's a followup to my blog post last Saturday about abortion. I'm really fascinated by the comments people make, even though the comments are usually made up of people disagreeing with each other.
The Planned Parenthood in Portland has different procedures on different days. For example, they will have breast cancer screenings all day Tuesday, pap smears on Wednesday, and Thursday is when they have abortions. The schedule changes from week to week, presumably depending on the availability of the doctors who work there.
I've been there on pap smear day, and I've been there on abortion day. The atmosphere is completely different on those two days, as are the women who enter.
I was there the day before Halloween, and by coincidence, that happened to be a day when they perform abortions. I couldn't help but notice that every woman who came for an abortion walked into the clinic alone. In fact, there was only one woman that day who came to the clinic with a second person. He was a man, and he was not the father of the baby, but he was there to support his girlfriend and her decision during that difficult time.
I thought that was very admirable of him. Even if I don't completely agree with his decision, I can appreciate the fact that he put his loved one first. Personally speaking, I have no idea how I would react if I found out my girlfriend was pregnant with someone else's baby.
But where were all the other men that day? What happened to all the fathers of the children who were aborted? I can't believe that all the men in Portland are deadbeats, nor can I believe that all the women in Portland make horrible choices when it comes to sexual partners. So why were all the women that day alone? I know the culture in Oregon teaches that abortion is 100% the woman's choice and no one else's, but does that mean the man can't or shouldn't be involved at all?