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Hard times are sometimes blessings in disguise. We do have to suffer but in the end it makes us strong, better and wise. Anurag Prakash Ray

The abortion issue in the U.S. rears its head again, or has it never stopped rearing its head? Abortion, although a simple medical procedure, is not just a simple medical procedure. There is nothing simple about the angst one must feel to even have to consider needing the procedure done.

There is also the angst felt by those who feel abortion is absolutely under all circumstances wrong. They believe any support for abortion taints their lives. All people should live their lives by their moral code, but does that mean they should force that moral code on everyone else?

Some people believe if Roe Versus Wade is struck down and it looks like it will be that an abortion law can’t be brought in. People are worried about losing what they have even though a better way forward for abortion in the U.S. could be found. Indeed it may have to be found.

Abortion may indeed be evil, but how much more evil happens when it is made illegal? A good society has to balance the harm done by making things legal, and the harm caused when making things illegal. Does a good society choose the option that does the least harm?

This gets to be a tricky question, what causes the most harm? We have places where harm reduction regarding drugs is making parts of cities almost unlivable. The death rate caused by drugs has gone up because the harm reduction appears to increase drug use.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared by scars. Khalil Gibran

Many of us, probably most of us want our societal problems pushed away so we are not confronted by them. I ask myself often what makes a good society. What makes a not-so-good society become a better society, and what causes a once good society to not be so good anymore? I also ask myself where we are on this scale.

It takes courage to deal with problems in our own lives and in society. One of the things we need is the courage to face what has to be faced and not pretend it doesn’t have to be faced. The more courage we have in our own lives to face our challenges and see what we do that is likely to present challenges, the better our life will be.

Abortion laws have been changed before, and they may be changed again. We have to deal with these tricky issues because life is messy. Even here in Canada where I think how we handle abortion at this time is reasonable and rationale. It is still an issue that divides us and perhaps it always will.

I do think more women probably regret their abortion than regret the baby in the end. You can’t think about the baby that would have been at ten, twenty, thirty, or forty, and not think about what they would have done in life, who they would have been, and how the world would have benefitted from their contribution. That doesn’t mean, I think someone making that desperate choice should have to have a back alley or self-induced abortion when that is the choice they feel compelled to make.

We must meet the challenge rather than wish it were not before us. William J. Brennan

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. Bob Marley

She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. Elizabeth Edwards

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