Separation of church and state does not apply when someone is asked to commit what they believe is murder. If we are discussing a non-life threatening abortion, then someone’s enjoyment of one night is not worth forcing someone to violate their ethical codes and perform a procedure they view as murder. Without harm to the mother present, abortion is an entirely elective surgery.
I believe I addressed that in my original post but I'll rewrite it here:
In a private sector, do as you wish. I could care less if you deny me services for me being a lesbian for religious regions as long as I can deny you services for being a jackass. If you choose to work in a public sector: be prepared to do an abortion.
I disagree whole heartily that abortions are completely elective. There's other forms of health besides
physical and I believe that those should be addressed. The ability to handle the emotional and financial stress of a child because the condom broke, you were 16 and didn't realize you weren't ready (heaven forbid you were emotionally pressured into it because we don't consider that rape in our society), you didn't realize antibiotics mess with birth control, and any number of these reasons. And regardless of if you say "you should put it up for adoption!" I would just like to point to these statistics regarding adoption. There are way to many people already in the system! Please stop encouraging people to do this to children!
Yes, if you're lucky, you'll meet someone and start working on adoption right away, but that doesn't always happen. Don't damn someone to live like that. Okay?
If you believe that a bundle of cells that haven't even formed a fully functioning human (which is when all legal abortions are made) is a living being, don't work in the public sector. It's really that easy with me.
Pumpkin, there is an entire state where women currently can't realistically get abortions (*cough* TEXAS
*cough*) and it's not financially viable to make someone travel to another state for one. Ignorance might not be an excuse for someone who lives in a city like mine where there's a planned parenthood within half an hours drive from me. However, maybe those avenues that you listed should be better known. Because they're not. Not enough is known about abortion to the average adult until they have to go get one themselves (if they go that route). And let's face it they're already having to go through the emotional ramification of deciding to end what some consider a life and is at the very least the potential for life. Hell, knowledge about women's health in general as well as different birth control options aren't as well spread as they need to be. I would like to point out that some people still believe that women pee out their vaginas. That the most talked about forms of birth control are the Pill and penile condoms. And woman centered birth control is very expensive in comparison to condoms that are handed out like candy.
I also do not like that you assumed that the sperm donor would be a part of this decision. Because A) the sperm donor in not regardless of if they are a couple. It's the pregnant one's decision because it's their body and ultimately their responsibility regardless of the sperm donor's opinion. they don't have to inflate like a balloon, they don't get a choice. B) sometimes it's a one night stand and the birth control fucked up. Sperm donor doesn't necessarily even get to know about the fetus because any number of reasons.
There are also horror stories of people poking holes in condoms to try to get their SO pregnant. ((I've seen evidence of it happening before with the one getting pregnant wanting to get pregnant and I know there are people on both sides of that coin)) Should that person be responsible because they thought they were having sex with a working condom? I don't think so.
((Of course there are people who treat abortions like they would a breast implant or any such elective surgery, but most people realize how dangerous having surgery is and would weight between the pro's and con's.))