| | I'm sorry...
I apologize for being so harsh in this thread. I'm a Christian, Catholic to be specific, and so have a very Christian view on abortion. Part of the reason I oppose it beyond the point that is reasonable in a forum is that I known many people, my age and older, both male and female, who have an extreme opposition to abortion. I didn't have this by default but some of their attitudes rubbed off on me. Some of them take it so far to say that anyone doing anything that has to do with sex for any reason other than having children is committing a sin. They also don't believe that a couple can let science assist them in having children via external conception because "it's not natural" Others believe that it's bad to be around any member of the opposite sex alone. In a nutshell, they oppose everything God stands against, but also what he doesn't explicitly stand for. I'm not as extreme as them, and in some subjects even dissagree with the majority of the Catholic Church, but the subject of abortion does make me angry. I'm sorry for venting my anger here, it's very unlike me to be disrespectful or dogmatic and hope I don't start any more arguments. It was aspiring to clarity's post that prompted me to apolgize, because like you said I don't know the other side's point of view. Most of the world's problems would be solved if everyone saw it different, and it's great that you make a consious effort to do so. And please nobody think that because of my age I usually respond like I did, I once made a list of reasons why I am not the average 15 year old by any stretch of the imagination. Most of the time I try to respect other people's beliefs even if I don't believe the same things they do, but this time I snapped. I would have apologized last night but the subject of this thread put me into a bad mood. If it weren't for posts being more neutral on this page I probably wouldn't have made this post.
I agree with Megan, you should do a blog post on circumcision, Erin. I oppose circumcision without consent, but not in the way I oppose abortion.
Again, I'm sorry for losing my cool, I shouldn't have gotten involved in this thread the way I did.