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With or without the pdf, I am not seeing anything specifically about adoptees
or women who CHOSE NOT TO ABORT and child abuse.
Originally posted by XD9611
reply to post by riley
did i say anything about the church!? no!!!
and i dont think i was REPLYING 2 U
The Consequences of Unplanned Pregnancy
Unplanned pregnancyi, and in particular unwanted pregnancy, has a wide range of serious consequences. One of the most obvious
is, of course, abortionii. In 2001, there were approximately 1.3 million abortions in the United States, and although this number
has been decreasing, the abortion rate in this country is still higher than in most other developed countries.1
Listed below are a variety of additional consequences, beginning with some important new findings from Child Trends, a nonpartisan
research organization based in Washington, DC (www.childtrends.org), detailed in the box below.
Child Health and Development
A new analysis indicates that children 2 years old who were born as the result of an unplanned pregnancy had significantly
lower cognitive test scores when compared to children born as the result of an intended pregnancy. After controlling for
important background factors, these significant differences persisted for children who were born as the result of an unwanted
pregnancy (a subset of unplanned pregnancy). The cognitive test scores include direct assessment of a variety of
skills, including listening, vocabulary, exploring, problem solving, memory, communication, as well as a child’s overall mental
ability relative to other children in his or her age group.
This analysis is based on data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort, a nationally representative longitudinal
study of about 11,000 children born in 2001 conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.2
Parents and Relationships
New analysis shows that women who had a child as a result of unplanned pregnancy experience greater relationship
instability than women whose pregnancies were intended. That is, in the five years following the birth of the child from an
unplanned pregnancy, 46 percent of mothers had one or more cohabitating or married relationship changes. This compares
to 21 percent among mothers who had a birth as a result of an intended pregnancy.
This analysis is based on data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, a nationally representative periodic survey
conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics that includes over 5,000 women aged 15-44.3
i Unplanned pregnancies include those reported by woman to be unwanted or mistimed (also known as “unintended”).
ii A small number of women who planned their pregnancy make the difficult decision to terminate it after learning that it poses a serious maternal health risk or that the fetus has severe
abnormalities. Other reasons may arise as well. Even so, abortion itself is a clear indication that a pregnancy was or became unwanted.
Findings from previous research on the consequences of unplanned pregnancy are detailed below.
Preconception Care, Prenatal Care and Infant Health
Women who experience an unplanned pregnancy often do not have the opportunity to engage in preconception care, which has •
been shown to benefit both mothers and babies (e.g. reductions in spina bifida).4,5
Compared to women who planned their pregnancies, women who have an unplanned pregnancy, and in particular an unwanted •
pregnancy, are more likely to delay the initiation of prenatal care.4,6-8
The risk of both preterm delivery• 9-11 and low birthweight4,9,10,12 are higher for births resulting from unplanned pregnancies.
Babies born to women as the result of an unplanned pregnancy are significantly less likely to be breastfed than are babies born to •
women who intended their pregnancies.13 Some studies report that this is particularly true among women who experience an unwanted
pregnancy rather than a pregnancy that is mistimed.
Child Health/Development and Family Environment
Children born from an unplanned pregnancy, and especially an unwanted pregnancy, are at risk on a number of developmental fronts.•
For example, in one study, children who were born as the result of an unplanned pregnancy exhibited higher levels of fearfulness and •
lower levels of positive affect by age two. When these children entered preschool, they scored lower on tests of verbal development.4
They also have lower vocabulary scores• 14 and reduced levels of educational attainment15,16 compared to children born from intended
These children have poorer physical• 15,17-19 and mental health15,20 compared to those children born as the result of an intended
They also have relationships with their mothers that are less close during childhood (and possibly into adulthood) when compared to •
peers who were born as the result of an intended pregnancy.21-24
They may also have higher levels of delinquency during adolescence compared to children born from intended pregnancies.• 7,25
Along these same lines, one very unique study compared children born to women who were twice denied an abortion with the •
children of women who had not made similar requests. The study, conducted in Eastern Europe, found that throughout their childhood,
and particularly as they aged, the children born as the result of an unwanted pregnancy had a larger burden of various social and
relationship problems including psychological issues and greater levels of criminal activity than did the controls.15
The majority of children born as the result of an unplanned pregnancy are born to women who are either single or cohabiting.• 26 This
is important because children raised in one-parent families face more challenges in a variety of areas than do children raised in two-
parent, low-conflict married families.27-30
For example, when compared to similar children who grow up with two parents, children in one-parent families are twice as likely to •
drop out of high school, 2.5 times as likely to become teen mothers, 1.4 times as likely to be both out of school and out of work, and five
times more likely to be poor. 28
Even after adjusting for a variety of relevant social and economic differences, children in single-parent homes have lower grade-point •
averages, lower college aspirations, and poorer school attendance records. As adults, they also have higher rates of divorce.28-30
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Originally posted by XD9611
reply to post by riley
i think all religions have exploited and distorted what God had intended for His creatures, great and small, maybe we think too much.
But i truly believe taking a life, no matter the circumstance, is wrong, it just feels that way when you put deep thought into it.
Originally posted by LactoseIntolerant
I honestly think with the modern advances in the medical fields, vasectomies and female contraceptives (i.e. IUD's) should be much more accessible. It will answer to both sides of the abortion issue. And for science's sake, who would have a child--especially during these economic hardships?
Abstinence isn't the answer. From a physiological standpoint, we all have hormones that trigger sexual impulses. Sex is natural as breathing. The prominence of virtility (regarding both sexes) must be acknowledged, but should be not ignored in order to solve the abortion debate. We all want some,basically (unintentionally leaving out gays and lesbians in this post, my apologizes).
It is not shocking to find that an american organization (liberal would be an appropriate label too) such as Planned Parenthood has turned the "women's rights" mantra into a commodity. That's America for you, plain and simple. Democracy, liberty, freedom my ass. It is and always has been about money, capital. It is a place where every single entity is being turned into a profit opportunity--and hence what is causing the economic collapse as I type...
Originally posted by Krahzeef
OK I'll ask again. Why would you allow abortion under the condition of rape? The source of the child should be irrelevant to your decision making process shouldn't it.
Originally posted by Aermacchi
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
reply to post by rapinbatsisaltherage
I would reply, but this poster has me blocked.
Is that fair? That she can post on this thread without rebuttal?
This is not an attack, merely a point for others on this thread to understand the lack of rebuttal.
I am jealous hoping she has me on her ignore also. Ill show you some interestingly similar threads that have gone the same way in a u2u Jason.
like the guy above me says thats the way she rolls unskilled and unaware of it. She gets under peoples skin Eventually you crack from her hammering away at you when all the while she doesn't get it that you ain't answering her because you don't see her posts lol. Best to let her think she is right because eventually you go off then wham you got a warn red tag or worse a post ban. I know you get upset as I do but I wouldn't take her ignoring you personal.
I mean really when you think about it
Originally posted by XD9611
reply to post by riley
i was saying that pro-choicers would not take a life if they believed in what God had said as the rule, that doesnt include those fighting and taking lives in the eradication of opposing forces of those against Gods ways, and belief in God reinforces morality, it doesnt create it. There is plenty of evidence, it is the way He wanted it, its right by discernation of facts. Not by one's opinion, we arent Great enough to have that kind of opinion, be humble and know my place in His Kingdom. I wont profess to be an opinion maker at that level, neither should the rest of us.
Originally posted by jasonjnelson
Your "made up entity" response tells me that you have no respect for the religious beliefs of others.
But I don't believe it to be solely the choice of the woman. Otherwise, why would I care if people beat their children , or pets?
Don't say this doesn't relate. Many of us, and i mean at least half, see this "fetus" as a being capable of great things, and deserving of at least SOME protection. Equal in fact, to a human being.
But who cares, right?
With every passing day, I see the great country our ancestors built being torn down by the filth that is the liberal mentality.
I am sickened to the point of armed rebellion.
You are not my country-men.
You, who claim to be compassionate, and yet denounce the future of a living human, merely because it is inconvenient or "not my body".
You, who claim to know whats best for MY children, starting with condom education when my children are not yet 11.
You, the waste that let the T.V. raise your children, and quantify moral culpability based on what you are caught doing, not on what you actually do.
You are not my breathren anymore.
Originally posted by Krahzeef
So the topic of abortion is more about avoiding responsibilities than the actual stopping of a life? Abortion is abortion, it doesn't matter how it got there and shouldn't alter a view unless it's a shaky view to begin with.
This is what I don't get, The pro-lifers go on and on about the sanctity of life etc. etc. But then aren't consistent in their beliefs when it gets difficult. If people think abortion is murder (which I don't) then why allow conditions? It's "Thou shalt not kill" Not "Though shall not kill unless..."
Jason, You've still managed to avoid the question by putting conditions on it. What about 8wks into the pregnancy?