Life Issues II
"Poor access to contraceptives has led to an unusually high rate of abortions in Uganda, straining already scarce health care in a country where abortion is illegal, researchers in New York and Kampala reported" in a Reuter's piece that points to the human costs involved.
The South Dakota legislature has just passed a ban on abortion which will throw doctors in jail and includes a feature that never gets spoken of in these debates in that it provides for no exceptions based on rape, incest and the health of the woman.
Alternet has a report on how legal hurdles, lack of clinics in rural areas, pharmacists denying women birth control, the stigma of abortion, has led to later term abortions and the rise of back alley and do it yourself abortions. Our country's future?
This points to the difference between the rhetoric of life and the outcomes of efforts to control women's health care decisions. An honest assessment of these efforts on the lives of women is needed in the church and the society because given the results so far, life is not being valued.