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A 12-year-old girl's opinion on abortion

When I clicked play to begin watching this video, I wasn't expecting it to be this good. I figured it would be some middle-school girl talking about God, regurgitating her parents' opinions. For most young kids, that's all they're doing when they talk about hot-button topics like abortion -- repeating what they've heard. Sometimes, though, the child speaking is so knowledgeable, with so much passion and conviction in their eyes and in their voice, it's obvious that they did this on their own. I'm convinced that this girl took the time to do her own research and wrote the speech herself.

I was stunned at how good this video is. This little girl, a seventh grader, spoke so eloquently and so convincingly on a topic that many adults can't clearly articulate their feelings about. Abortion is one of this issues that dredges up passionate feelings, but they're not always easily articulated. This girl did it with no problem. And she was thorough. She didn't stick to the "it's wrooooong" argument, but gave many valid, factual arguments on why abortion should not be legal.

Watch this video. It's a little long, but still -- prepare to be impressed.

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Nothing like the moral clar... (Below threshold)

Nothing like the moral clarity of a child.
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"For most young kids, that'... (Below threshold)

"For most young kids, that's all they're doing when they talk about hot-button topics like abortion -- repeating what they've heard."

This sentence just highlights the need for parents to teach their children right from wrong, and that's nothing to be ashamed of.

She's really good a repeati... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

She's really good a repeating and delivering what was probably wrote for her, but hey at least mom was involved in the kids school work.

SillyPuddy, clearly you cou... (Below threshold)

SillyPuddy, clearly you could have used someone to help you with your school work.

And just as clearly, though she almost certainly had help in crafting it, and coaching on delivering it, the SENTIMENTS expressed are HERS! She does not deliver this in a robotic fashion, and her animation and sincerity are clearly genuine.

When I was 12 I understood ... (Below threshold)
David:

When I was 12 I understood and was grieved by what abortion meant. Not as much as I do now at age 34, but that's b/c I have three children now. Props to this kid, may she survive high school and (especially) university without falling victim to the political correctness meat grinder. Human rights from conception!

"She's really good a rep... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

"She's really good a repeating and delivering what was probably wrote for her, but hey at least mom was involved in the kids school work."

SillyPuddy:
I'll have to give you a C-. You meant "at" when you wrote "a" and you should make a better effort at proofreading. There should be commas before and after the word "hey." It looks like you are using "mom" as a proper noun, so it should be capitalized. Your failure to include an apostrophe in the word "kids" is a critical error. Also critical is your use of the word "wrote" when you should have used "written."
Much more important, of course, is your complete inability to address the substance of the subject being addressed. Please try harder in the future.
All in all, however, I'm sure this is one of your better efforts. Keep trying!!!
depp=true
notiz=You're off topic, but keep trying!

but gave many valid, fac... (Below threshold)
Brian:

but gave many valid, factual arguments on why abortion should not be legal.

"Fetuses are knit together in their mother's womb by their wonderful Creator, who knows them all by name."

Uh, yeah, "factual" arguments, and not "some middle-school girl talking about God". Gotcha.

Gee, Brian, pluck the only ... (Below threshold)
JB:

Gee, Brian, pluck the only religious sentiment among the multitude of facts and count coup.

And they say leftists aren't intellectually honest.

Abortion is always a deeply... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

Abortion is always a deeply sad solution.

Well, I suppose I could hav... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Well, I suppose I could have "plucked" the story she read on the Focus on the Family web site, instead.

Anyway, I was looking for those "many valid factual arguments on why abortion should not be legal". Instead, I heard a litany of statistics about abortion procedures, repetition of disproven lies (abortion leads to increased breast cancer risk), ridiculous claims (women who have abortions tend to have mood disorders substantial enough to provoke them to harm themselves), and broad proclamations ("abortion leaves a woman feeling lost", which she herself then torpedoes by stating that only less than 1/3 of women who have abortions feel dissatisfied).

The religious argument is the only one she gives that could be perceived as "factual" by someone who shares that belief.

I've researched Dr. Seuss' ... (Below threshold)

I've researched Dr. Seuss' famous line for Horton the Elephant. It is clear from his later clarifications (and his estate's legal actions against pro-life groups) he was using "persons no matter how small" as a metaphor for underrepresented minorities and oppressed cultures.

However, it just points up the absurdity of the "fetus is not a person" argument. To have a functioning civilization on the speck of dust, the Whos must have been no larger than single-celled bacteria; their quality of life, their art, their great buildings, had absolutely no impact on the outside world, yet they mattered to the Whos. The silent scream is not as audible as the smallest Who's "yot!"

"her animation and sincerit... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

"her animation and sincerity are clearly genuine." Didn't realize those won arguments, like I said though she's got good delivery, get her a teleprompter and she could be president.

Brian is right in that more... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Brian is right in that more recent studies have shown that there is no evidence that abortion plays a role in the development of breast cancer. If i remember correctly, the most prevalent factor is family medical history.

But brushing off that "litany of statistics about abortion procedures" is being a bit too dismissive. If these statistics don't provoke some level of concern, then the discussion is ended.

The statistics are alarming. If one is willing to dismiss them, they aren't willing to admit its role in the degradation of a society. Like anything else people are exposed to regularly, they become inured to it, desensitized. Sometimes that's a bad thing.

When I was a child, I under... (Below threshold)
Lucy:

When I was a child, I understood as a child and I spoke what I learned in Sunday school. Now that I'm an adult woman, I have adult women friends who were raped or abused and chose not to continue the abuse by bearing the rapists' children. As a favorite person of mine used to say: "circumstances alter cases."

And no one knows another's circumstances.

YOWZA! I don't think she's... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

YOWZA! I don't think she's parrotting what others have fed her. I believe she believes it too and I appreciate her conviction. In fact, she's got more brains than most adults I know. Think we can get her to run for President someday...that is, if we're still a sovereign nation?

Lucy.A woman who i... (Below threshold)
Synova:

Lucy.

A woman who is raped or abused doesn't have a "choice". Advocating for "choice" does not solve this problem. It doesn't make her not-raped and it doesn't make her not-abused. MOST pro-life advocates recognize that the option for an abortion should be available in cases of rape or incest, and *certainly* for legitimate risk to a woman's life.

If what you were advocating was compassion for women who have been raped or abused you could comfortably be on the pro-life side of the argument.

The pro-choice argument is that a woman has the right to do anything she pleases with her own body for any reason at all.

It doesn't matter if she's been raped or if she just didn't bother with birth control. Same-same. Or else the pro-choice argument would actually make the argument that it matters how a woman got pregnant.

The circumstances would matter. And while we can't *know* the circumstances exactly, it's not that hard to know them generally. It's not *mysterious* when a 17 year old tells you that her parents paid a fortune for a second trimester abortion so that none of their important friends would find out that their kid got pregnant.

How much of our humanity do we sell for telling ourselves that abortion should available due to the horror of rape and abuse and that means allowing it, no questions asked, for any woman or any minor child who asks for one?

Ask the questions!

Most Americans support some... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Most Americans support some restrictions on abortion, and don't want abortion used as routine birth control.
But most, I think, believe that a teenage girl, date-raped, seduced, or peer-pressured into pregnancy, afraid to tell her parents at first, should be able to choose abortion. (Most would say with parental consent.)
Also, most people would probably say abortion is OK for poor women too ignorant to take proper precautions, or unable to afford birth control (the Pill is not coverd by insurance.)
I think very few women are saying to themselves, "What the hell, if I get knocked up I'll just get an abortion!" Maybe some of the men in their lives think that way.

Synova,We were raise... (Below threshold)
Lucy:

Synova,
We were raised in a patriarchal society, so everything we say is colored by that. Men in government & church leadership & family leadership have made the decrees we have followed...

Humanity is exactly what I advocate for. Not sacred, supernatural, invisible souls that religion says are inside of embryos. It isn't "selling humanity" to allow women to be autonomous. It's HONORING humanity.

Please ask yourself the questions: WHY should you decide what I do when I'm pregnant? Do you decide what I do about a hysterectomy or a tubal ligation? Perhaps you'd like to.

And perhaps that is the ultimate patriarchal dream...NO procedure will be the woman's decision, but her husband's/father's/ priest's/neighbor's? Count me OUT of that society!

Or shall ALL decisions be the woman's?

Women are either:
(1) competent adults with all the rights of male adults in a free society, or
(2) incompetents whose bodily functions shall be monitored by society(father/husband/priest).

There's no middle ground. Freedom or serfdom.


I wonder what she thinks ab... (Below threshold)
max:

I wonder what she thinks about the stimulus bill?

Why should I decide what yo... (Below threshold)
Synova:

Why should I decide what you should do when you're pregnant?

Why should you decide what I should do after I give birth?

Why should you decide what I can or can't do to my children?

What if I beat them? Abuse them? Keep them in a closet?

When you pretend that women are not part of a *society* but only and ever oppressed individuals in a society made up of only men, you're going to end up with this very odd notion that autonomy means personal anarchy.

And yet liberals, feminists and whoever else are on the forefront of punitive and controlling legislation that WILL control MY life in a whole lot of ways that I haven't agreed to. Not MEN but Women, pushing for laws that infringe on my rights.

Some very simple things such as not hurting other people... do you have a right to decide that for me? That I can't hurt someone? Is it churches and men and the patriarchy imposing serfdom on me if I'm told I can't hurt another person just because I screwed up?

Or is that legitimate? Do you have the right, with other people, to restrict *my* behavior?

This patriarchy you're so on about is not *forcing* you to bear children, to get pregnant. This patriarchy you're so on about has laws to protect your rights and your autonomy. That it's necessary to portray as serfdom, a reluctance to allow you to harm another, even when everything possible has been done, legally and socially, to ensure that the choice to reproduce is yours and yours alone, and it *works*... That's really reaching.

Argue that a woman forced has a post-conception right to exercise her choice and control and I won't argue with you, but how do you argue that a woman who has control and *made* a choice has been oppressed?

I doubt, highly, that you're suggesting that I have the right to kill my offspring.

Why does it take the patriarchy for me to suggest that you ought not kill yours?

Laws governing how we treat... (Below threshold)
Lucy:

Laws governing how we treat our spouses or children or neighbors are needed for society to work. We have even agreed as a society that abortion is illegal past a certain week, based on viability (tho' today, very undeveloped premmies sometimes survive, albeit w/developmental difficulties).

When you venture into religious areas like "when does the soul enter the body" of a baby, even the Catholic church hasn't agreed on that. And non religious people don't consider that a pertinent part of the discussion at ALL.

If you want to make abortion available ONLY TO THE WORTHY, how will you decide which woman got pregnant "on purpose" and therefore does not qualify for an abortion?

There are only two "choices" then:
(1) the state investigates each pregnancy and adjudicates whether or not an abortion is allowed.
(2) the individual (or the couple, if there is a father who sticks around - MANY don't) gets to decide what to do.

I'm not suggesting you don't have a right or even an OBLIGATION to LESSEN THE NEED for abortions by educating young people about sex, birth control, pregnancy, and their responsibilities in their sex lives (and they ALL will become sexual at some point in life).

I advocate factual sex ed, so that kids KNOW how urgent their sex drive is/is going to be, the reesponsibilities that the sex drive carries with it, what a fetus looks like and the stages of development...they will be less likely to treat the whole thing lightly, then.

Some humans will always mess up, and some males will always force sex. Some situations aren't all rosy and "let's pick out a crib."

The state (or you) should not decide for me what to do in my situation.

P.S. - What laws are feminists forcing on you? Equal pay for equal work? Equal tax dollars for girls' sports as boys' sports? The right to have your birth control prescriptiion filled? It can't be abortion, as no one forces you to have one...?

"A Vatican official has sai... (Below threshold)
Tahlia :

"A Vatican official has said the Catholic church will excommunicate a medical team who performed Colombia's first legal abortion on an 11-year-old girl, who was eight weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather.
Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, said in addition to the doctors and nurses, the measure could apply to "relatives, politicians and lawmakers" whom he called "protagonists in this abominable crime".

The girl, whose identity has not been released, had "fallen in the hands of evildoers", the cardinal said in an interview with local television on Tuesday."

All I have to say on the bollocks that religion spouts sometimes. It's not the man who started abusing the poor girl when she was 7 who's the evil doer, and not the young child who had her childhood and innocence ripped from her and will have to live with it for the rest of her life who's the victim... oh no, of course not!

And on another topic, of course the moral thing to do is allow a deformed, terminally ill baby to be born, live an agonizing 7 months and then die without dignity or meaning because modern science can't help it, thereby scarring the family and causing needless, inhumane suffering.

And OF COURSE, if abortion was made once again illegal, the death rate caused by blotched back-street abortions wouldn't skyrocket unbelievably, because desperate woman denied the freedom to say what happens to their bodies are just going to sit there and smile.

Seriously. Some of you need to listen to yourselves sometimes.




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