As a male who has experienced the trauma of abortion with two separate women whom I deeply loved at the time...and can still say I hold them both in high regard today after nearly 35 plus years. These were both, torn decisions (we made)during our late teens and latter twenties which were influenced from all angles of a family planning perspective. Listening to your program this morning was very enlightening to hear another perspective other than mine or my past mates. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't ponder the thoughts of, "what if we didn't make that mutual decision some nearly 35 plus years ago and the impact it ultimately would have made on both of our lives." I ended up marrying the first women five years later which unfortunately ended in divorce. The second woman and I had a mutually consenting three year relationship, so neither of these encounters were one night stands by any regard.
Your (Think Out Loud) broadcast reinforced why I am so positive that each case is specific to each person and/or couple involved and that they (and only they) need to be able to make their informed decisions without the burden of political and or a moral majority bias.
This (Think Out Loud) production merely touched the tip of the proverbial Iceberg and was one of the most enlightening broadcasts yet for me. My heart goes out to those women on your program and the others who have had to make those very complex decisions. My observations are based merely from a support role perspective.... so I really have no clue of the realities from a female perspective. I only know how my mates dealt with the situation and they were some of the more difficult decisions ever made, by both of them. I just know that they have my total support, compassion and empathy.
In summary, this was a wonderful example of, "Thinking Out Loud" on controversial topics. Well Done OPB...as usual!!!
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