It's really hard to put a period on things. It's difficult because everything is circumstantial, and you never know when certain events will change things. You cannot say forever. As the old adage goes, never say never.
Last night, I invited my friend Carlos to come over and have a couple of drinks. When he left, I quickly went back to the computer which I left on to advertise the latest entry in my blog. A very good friend of mine buzzed me on YM and she confided she might be pregnant. I was worried of course. She's a young girl, studying, and she is at that stage where she is trying to fix her life. She said she wasn't sure, because she hasn't taken the test yet - but the signs were there. She said that if she were pregnant, she'd have to resort to abortion. She told me it wasn't as if she had any choice. Both she and her partner are still studying, and the obligation of keeping a baby would be too great for the both of them to handle.
For a person who is passionately against abortion, I was surprised I was not mad. My belief is, it is incredibly unfair for the unborn baby to pay the price for the irresponsibility of both parents, but last night, chatting with her, I could only sympathize. It's really different when things happen to you, or to people you know personally. You start to look at things from a different perspective.
I'm still pretty much against abortion, but if my friend really needs to do this, she knows I will be there to support her decision. The period regarding abortion remains a period, but I've inserted a clause.