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It seems to me that a compassionate society would want to help a womanbe truly informed of all the possible practical options available to her,of all the likely practical and psychological consequences for herselfwhatever she decides (and for her child, should she choose to give birthto it), of the insights and wisdom gained later by those women who, inthe past, made such decisions under circumstances that were most similarto hers, and of the philosophical nature or basis for her decision. Thisdoes not mean to badger her with harangues by people with a close-mindedview, but to offer the most experienced, understanding, philosophical,and sympathetic counseling available from at least one counselor who isnot irrationally wed to some pre-determined recommendation regardless ofthe facts in a particular case. Just as it may be to a family's best interestfor a parent in many kinds of cases to let a child make a mistake for him/herselfto discover instead of paternalistically coercing the child into doingthe right thing, it may be that in many kinds of cases of contemplatedabortion it is best for society to let a woman make the most understandingand informed choice she can, rather than force her into an action she cannotreally accept. This does not mean letting her act on whim, in panic, oralone without aid to cope with burdens that others might easily help herovercome, burdens which are unnecessarily pressing her to an unwise decision.

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