How a doctor thousands of miles away, changed my mind and heart, or an open thank you note.Submitted by Jeppe on Wed, 08/06/2014 - 05:24
I was born and raised pro- choice. The institutions of my country, school, and any sane politician, will just assume that the right perspective of this matter will be: of course any woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body.
Abortion has been legal by law in Denmark since 1973, until the 12th pregnancy week (technically 14 weeks).
In cases of chromosome errors, or parents judged “unfit” for parenting: to young, drug abuse, previous cases of child abuse, the limit of 12 weeks, could be pushed a lot. (Up to week 20, 21, 22, 23 and even 24 weeks)
During the last 40 years our small population of about 5 million people, has used this option somewhere in between ½ million to 1 million times.
Here is a little bonus info, we pay around half our income in taxes, and top that off with 25% sales taxes. We have a massive welfare state, and universal healthcare. We don’t pay a penny for doctor, specialists, hospitals, emergency room or operations. So in fact, when we say we have “free abortion” in Denmark, it’s quite literally.
So, in the early primaries of 2008, I had to do a lot of research, because while there were only one candidate advocating for putting an end to war and occupation, I found myself in instant agreement with this position of non-intervention. But, disagreed with almost everything else: Guns, liberty, abortion, Taxation
It was during this research I came across a 40 pages pdf online, titled
Abortion and Liberty. It just took a few pages of reading, and I was changed. I have never looked back, and find my moral compass much more in sync, with the love that my favorite doctor preach.
Thank you, from an ocean away, with a sea of love.