7 thoughts on “Doonesbury

  1. A 2004 study by the Guttmacher Institute reported that women listed the following amongst their reasons for choosing to have an abortion: [43]
    74% Having a baby would dramatically change my life
    73% Can’t afford a baby now
    48% Don’t want to be a single mother or having relationship problems
    38% Have completed my childbearing
    32% Not ready for a(nother) child
    25% Don’t want people to know I had sex or got pregnant
    22% Don’t feel mature enough to raise a(nother) child
    14% Husband or partner wants me to have an abortion
    13% Possible problems affecting the health of the fetus
    12% Concerns about my health
    6% Parents want me to have an abortion
    1% Was a victim of rape
    less than 0.5% Became pregnant as a result of incest

  2. This series is spot on. Shame that papers are refusing to publish. The Guttmacher Institute is a great resource for research into contraception issues but I’m confused by the post above. Does it matter what reason a woman gives for her choice to have an abortion? Do we ask what reason people give for using condoms? Or what reason men give for having a vasectomy?

  3. Thank you for alerting me to this series, I don’t often read the comics but it appears that this strip is beautifully capturing the ridiculousness of this issue.
    The Guttmacher Institute is a wonderful source of unbiased information on contraception but I question the post above. Does it matter what reasons a woman gives for choosing an abortion? Would we ask folks to report why they use birth control, or condoms, or why men choose to have a vasectomy?

  4. Rachel, I agree. I didn’t know about the Guttmacher Institute, and thought the comment was odd and uninviting.

    The first entry is also “survey-ese” and very uninformative. It could easily be used for anti-woman propaganda.

  5. I agree with the other commentators about the first comment, but wanted to point out that it comes from the Wikipedia page on “Abortion in the United States,” and as is often the case, the conclusions aren’t quite accurately represented in the Wikipedia article:

    “RESULTS: The reasons most frequently cited were that having a child would interfere with a woman’s education, work or ability to care for dependents (74%); that she could not afford a baby now (73%); and that she did not want to be a single mother or was having relationship problems (48%). Nearly four in 10 women said they had completed their childbearing, and almost one-third were not ready to have a child. Fewer than 1% said their parents’ or partners’ desire for them to have an abortion was the most important reason. Younger women often reported that they were unprepared for the transition to motherhood, while older women regularly cited their responsibility to dependents.”

    Click to access 3711005.pdf

  6. What I wonder is how many people are employed for the specific purpose to scan websites and blog right-wing “facts” or as in in this case just contaminating innuendo. To think that is right is not to succumb to ad ignorantium, but to realize just how powerful right-wing money (probably) is. If there are no such lurkers employed specifically for this purpose, then the enemy is not as clever (as distinct from intelligent) as I suspect it is. And I think my suspicions are right on.

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