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I oppose abortion and believe it flies in the face of the intent of our founding fathers that all Americans are "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

That said, we have to understand the current reality that the Supreme Court has ruled laws "prohibiting" abortion are unconstitutional. Short of overturning Roe v. Wade or a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting abortion, abortion will remain legal for some years to come. Also, an amendment prohibiting abortion would tend to produce an illegal underground abortion industry, much like it did when we prohibited alcohol with the 18th Amendment.

The best way to deal with abortion is to keep it in the open, not drive it underground.

So what do we do? Should we talk the "Big Talk" of all conservative Republicans and just say "we're against abortion" or "I'm pro life" every time some one asks or should we actually do something about it?

Liberals always yell "Freedom of choice" or "A woman's right to choose" when it comes to abortion, yet there is really not much choice. Every effort to educate women that are considering an abortion on "choices" has met with severe reactions from the left. The way I see it, you reduce abortion by not limiting choice, but by encouraging it.

I say we should immediately pass legislation that requires a mandatory 72 hour "cooling off" period for women that want an abortion. Many women consider abortion because they feel they have no other choice, out of desperation. They may be financially unable to support a child, the child's father may be pressuring them, they may fear an abusive husband or boyfriend, fear of raising a child alone, the potential public or family scorn from having a child out of wedlock, etc. Many are young women and feel they have no one to turn to and believe that if they have an abortion, their problem will go away.

During this "cooling off" period women considering abortion will be told of community programs to help with raising children, battered women's clinics, financial aid, adoption programs, counseling to deal with family, etc. They will also be informed on the actual process of abortion and what it entails, but most importantly, the well documented residual effects of the procedure, both physical and psychological.

Studies have shown that almost half of the women that have an abortion will regret it less than two years later. Also, the younger they are when they have the abortion, the higher the likelihood they'll regret it later. Even the Jane Roe in the famous Roe v. Wade case, Norma McCorvey, regrets the abortion she had and the precedence her abortion has set. She has even asked that her own case be overturned.

Giving women these "choices" will surely bring a Supreme Court challenge by our friends in the ACLU. The High Court has already ruled that as long as there is no barrier (Physical or Legal) to deny women an abortion, that States can regulate abortion. I say we give it a shot, let the Supreme Court decide and let the left say they're against a woman's right to choose.

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