Editor's Note: Thanks to an alert reader (thanks Kym) who brought to my attention that all the links I provided were lopsided in favor against abortion. I have corrected that, and provided a balance.
I can't think of a more divisive issue in America today than abortion rights.
Whatever your feelings are about this hot topic, it wouldn't hurt to review what various groups are saying for - and against - a woman's right to have an abortion.
When Supreme Court Justice Souter leaves the bench behind him, the popular opinion is that Obama will put in another judge with liberal leanings. The idea being don't rock the boat. Keep the current balance as much as possible. If you want to be informed on this issue here's a collection of links to various sites - for, and against - abortion:
This site is women who decide to have an abortion.
There is also good information on "protected sex" and other alternatives to getting pregnant.
"Established in 1972, Feminists for Life is a non-sectarian, grass-roots organization that seeks true equality for all human beings, particularly women. We oppose all forms of violence, including abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, as they are inconsistent with the core feminist principles of justice, non-violence and non-discrimination. Our efforts focus on education, outreach and advocacy, as well as facilitating practical resources and support for women in need."
Development and Peace Also Supporting Pro-Abortion Group in Bolivia.
Leftout is a web site for the left-leaning, progressive pro-lifers who tend to feel "left out" of both liberal and pro-life groups. If you're a pro-life liberal, you'll readily find support here. If you're a pro-life conservative, a pro-choice liberal (or pro-choice period!), or simply undecided, at least you'll learn about a point of view you never may have heard before and discover that liberalism is not at all incompatible with a pro-life position
If you are in emotional or spiritual pain after abortion, this article will help you learn about different resources and options available to you in your journey to renewed emotional and spiritual well-being.
Libertarians for Life, founded in 1976, demonstrate that abortion is a wrong under justice, and not a right, thus a violation of Libertarianism's basic principle: that each of us has the obligation not to aggress against (violate the rights of) anyone else for any reason -- personal, social, or political -- however worthy. They make the pro-life case through a wealth of articles which argue from a libertarian political perspective and use reasoning that is scientific and philosophical rather than pragmatic or religious.
Some women,on their own or with professional help, are able to get beyond their grief, and find a measure of peace after abortion. But other women continue to feel isolated and alone in their sadness, regret, anger and self-recrimination. This site is for them.
"Pro-Choice Bigots" is an essay by a former "pro-choicer" who describes himself as a "Jewish, atheist, civil libertarian, left-wing pro-lifer." Nat Hentoff, whom you should recognize as one of America's leading defenders of the freedom of expression, exposes the narrow-minded hypocrisy and bigotry of the left with regards to the abortion issue and pro-life activists. Though I disagree with much of his leftist politics, I readily salute his efforts in preserving our civil liberties and embrace him as a fellow pro-life atheist. This essay originally appeared in The New Republic in November 1992.
Many pro-life groups conclude that a large percentage of women who have undergone an abortion experience serious depression, and massive feelings of guilt that last for years. This has been called "Post-traumatic abortion syndrome," "Post abortion syndrome," "Post-abortion stress syndrome," "PAS," and "PASS".
Rightgrrl is a meeting ground for young women who share a few common ideas -- namely pro-life and conservative political thinking like free-market economics -- but who otherwise smash the "feminist" icon of the '90s woman. A Rightgrrl might be Republican or Independent; Black, White, or any race; Christian, Atheist, or any religion. The "pro-choice" political left has graciously stereotyped pro-life conservative women as bun-haired, lace-collared, humorless, boring prudes. Well all you bigoted, narrow-minded "pro-choice" liberals get ready for a dose of reality!
Thanks to the site godlessprofilers for providing this information.