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Friday, June 20, 2003

Couple paid to stop abortion.

This is a story from Australia. It's about a couple who decided to abort, went to the clinic, were approached by someone outside who offered them $1,000 to continue the pregnancy, and took it.

Later, the wife returned to the abortion clinic for additional counseling, which is how the abortion clinic learned of this. They are outraged. One commented:

"It is not an easy decision to make and it is one that they have made carefully, and I think to have that questioned at such a crucial time is very unfair."

How utterly absurd. It wasn't "a careful decision" if it could be changed by $1,000. Perhaps the decision to abort was partially based on lack of funds. If so, the money offer would have been a relevant reason to change the decision.

Finally, the idea that it is "unfair" to ask a person to reflect anew on a particular decision just because he or she is on the verge of implementing that decision is just silly.

What does the abortion clinic worker mean by complaining that the abortion decision was "questioned at such a crucial time"? Apparently, that it isn't cricket to ask people to re-consider a decision they are on the verge of implementing. This is not a rule in other human decisions of import, where there is in fact a general ethic of encouraging the person to understand that changing his or her mind is still possible right up until the deed is done.

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