Watson notes that such discrepancies between public moralizing and private decision making are common.
Abortion providers report that a number of patients and their partners feel justified in terminating their own pregnancies even as they denounce others who do the same.“It takes a generous spirit to imagine sympathetic circumstances motivating other people’s behavior, especially when what they’re doing upsets me,” Watson writes.
Nearly one in four American women will have an abortion in her lifetime.
Yet silence perpetuates a belief that abortion is atypical, even when the statistics say otherwise.
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