• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 7 comments on With Roe v. Wade on the Line, BU Will Continue Abortion Education Regardless of Ruling

  1. I hope the University will also create learning opportunities for medical students to learn about refering women to services that provide support during pregnancy and after birth, including Pregnancy Help Boston https://www.pregnancyhelpboston.org/

    I also hope we all will commit to creating policies and social structures that support mothers and their families. We can and must do more here.

    1. Pregnancy Help Boston is not an abortion provider. They are a Crisis Pregnancy Center.

      Pregnancy Help Boston is a ministry sponsored by the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston.

      They will not give accurate information about abortion.

      Crisis pregnancy centers are known for misleading pregnant people about their options, giving medically inaccurate information, and they are NOT medical professionals or doctors.


  2. Oh they are going to overturn it, at least in part. During conception a unique DNA code is created, and many argue this is the beginning of a new life. That being said, I think it should still be legal, but scientifically it is going to be tough to justify killing a new life.

    1. Pregnant people, like everyone else, have preexisting human rights including the right to body integrity. Those rights are not revoked without committing a huge human rights violation. If the US government chooses to commit a human rights violation against pregnant women/afab people, the consequences will go far beyond abortion.

      1. Well we are not truly guaranteed any rights, but I will agree they are nice to have. I think your statement implies the fetus is not human and, therefore, is not entitled to human rights. A fetus and a newborn baby are biologically identical, except a fetus is dependent on the mother’s body to survive. I think women should keep access to abortions, but this is not a decision that should be made trivial and we should not be encouraging it.

  3. For a while I was ambivalent about abortion. Then in another context a friend reflected that the struggle on earth is not so much between good and evil as it is between life and death. It took a year or so before I connected that statement with abortion. Then it hit me, and I wondered why it took so long.

  4. A pregnancy for a woman entails many aspects, a committed relationship, financial, emotional, concurrent medical maternal/fetus conditions, or the biopsychosocial environment in which the woman lives. Pregnancy is a physical risk, as well as possibly creating risk in relationships. Making decisions for others through creating draconian laws that remove personal choice is wrong. It needs to be an individual’s choice with an in depth conversation between doctor and patient and thus education is of most importance.

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