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Old 02-01-2008, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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CONCORD, N.H.—Girls would be required to talk with a guidance counselor or health professional before having an abortion under a bill proposed by a Tilton lawmaker.

more stories like thisThe bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Kathy Sgambati requires minors to get information about carrying a pregnancy to full term and adoption. Counselors also would be required to discuss the possibility of involving a girl's parents.

Lawmakers onsiders mandatory counseling for teens before abortion - Boston.com (http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2008/01/27/lawmakers_onsiders_mandatory_counseling_for_teens_ before_abortion/ - broken link)
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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CONCORD, N.H.—Girls would be required to talk with a guidance counselor or health professional before having an abortion under a bill proposed by a Tilton lawmaker.

more stories like thisThe bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Kathy Sgambati requires minors to get information about carrying a pregnancy to full term and adoption. Counselors also would be required to discuss the possibility of involving a girl's parents.

Lawmakers onsiders mandatory counseling for teens before abortion - Boston.com (http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2008/01/27/lawmakers_onsiders_mandatory_counseling_for_teens_ before_abortion/ - broken link)
I am 100% in favour of LEGAL and SAFE abortion on demand. Abortion is a fundamental right. That said, I do not see any harm in this. Teens need to know what it is they are doing and that there are consequences to everything as well as alternatives they might wish to consider.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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They should require counseling so that the child knows what she is getting into. The counseling should be something more than "abortion is a good thing." Any woman considering abortion should be warned about the possibility of feeling overwhelming guilt later, especially if they eventually have a baby. Some women do not suffer such guilt, some do. They should be shown pictures of what the fetus looks like and the various stages of development of the baby. They should also be told exactly how the procedure is accomplished what is done to the baby as well as what is done to the mother. Some women actually kill themselves over the guilt later in life.
No idea how often that happens, but I know it happens (at least once anyway).
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Old 02-05-2008, 12:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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How about counseling teens before sex? Now there's an idea that makes a lick of sense.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Do it every day. Counseling goes like this. "Do not have sex or you will get a disease and die." "Well you are not dead Dad"

"How do you know? Prove it"

It seems to work. They are still wearing their promise rings. Of course I doubt that they would take them off, I would have to execute all the boys on the island.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:11 PM
 
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Despite the fact that they are pregnant, they are children. I think the counseling is a good idea. I think the counseling should include birth control counseling, counseling on what exactly is involved etc. with the abortion as well as other options other than abortion as mentioned, keeping the baby or adoption.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I think the counseling is a good idea and I don't think children under the age of consent should even have access on demand for an abortion.
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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How about counseling teens before sex? Now there's an idea that makes a lick of sense.
Oh no no no!!! This will make them go out and have sex!!!

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I don't see any problem with giving a child information about their options. I am pro-choice, I believe that all the choices that are available under the law should be given prior to making the decision. I wonder if part of the information giving is the whole "fetus feels pain" statement.
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:51 AM
 
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I think it is a good idea, and it certainly does not stand in the way of a teenager terminating her pregnancy. But it's really critical that the woman understand the importance of the decision being made.
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