Morality and Abortion

  • Often quoted, "safe, legal, and rare" – Why rare?

  • Abortion rate "too high"

    • ~30% of pregnancies in the U.S.

    • ~70% of pregnancies in Russia

  • If abortion is good, wouldn’t higher be better?

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Slide 46 of 49

Although the slogan has fallen out of favor in recent years, the idea that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare" was a mainstay of abortion rights advocates during the 1990's. The problem with the phrase was the the third term "rare." If abortion were a good thing, why should it be rare? Even the pro-choice President Obama has said "Let's work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term."
Last Modified July 1, 2009


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