Posted: February 17, 2013 at 2:05 a.m.

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I didn't have enough room in my letter to add the false assumption that Shannon Callahan illustrates--the idea that abortion--and even birth-control!--are used exclusively by single women, in casual sex. encounters.
Many, many women use contraception, including a large majority of Catholic women.
Otherwise we would see many families as big as the Duggars.
Also married women sometimes feel forced to have abortions, especially in economic hard times.

Posted by: Coralie

February 17, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many women have been exploited and abandoned by men for hundreds of years.
One of the very first English novels, CLARISSA, (1748), bases its plot on this, as have many works of great litearture as well as soap operas and true confessions--all before modern feminism, the pill, and Roe v Wade.
In my previous post when I said married women sometimes feel forced to have abortions, I meant by economic circumstances, or because they might never get back on track in their profession after taking off for years.

Posted by: Coralie

February 17, 2013 at 3 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Cor: "...many women use contraception, including a large majority of Catholic women.
Otherwise we would see many families as big as the Duggars.">>

It's probably worth pointing out that Catholics have abortions at a higher rate than Protestants:

"Catholics are slightly more likely to get an abortion than Protestants, according to a 2000-2001 survey."


Apparently the emphasis on not using contraception, although mostly ignored by American Catholics, is not very useful if the goal is to have less abortions.

"Maybe in 200 years the pope will apologize for standing in the way of effective and safe birth control and abortion, in countries where many people have a hard time feeding themselves. Maybe he'll ask forgiveness for the church burdening all of us with unwanted children, sometimes destroying the lives of their parents, and causing numerous social problems. Maybe he'll apologize for keeping women out of the priesthood and forcing celibacy on priests. And maybe bears will learn to use the toilet." --Stan Kohls

Posted by: fayfreethinker

February 17, 2013 at 6:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pope John Paul I might have been a game-changer, but he died under mysterious circumstances after only one month in office.
There are many conspiracy theories about what many believe to be his murder, centering around corruption at the Vatican Bank.
He also had more moderate opinions regarding issues such as birth control and priestly celibacy.

Posted by: Coralie

February 18, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )