- 4 years ago
I know there are a lot of people who are ‘pro-life’ who will make concessions on the abortion issue if a woman’s health is threatened by carrying a baby. That might be long-lasting effects in one way or another, or even so far as chance of death.
How do you feel personally on that? Where is the line drawn? I mean, with pregnancy there is always a chance something can go horribly wrong.
Secondly, and this is what I had in mind when I started the thread, what about mental illness?
Is mental illness an acceptable reason to anyone? Where is that line drawn in that case?
As an example I have a past of being bulemic, and I have anxiety and depression. Sometimes I can be a real nutball when I don’t have everything under control.
An example with the bulemia? I once sat on my bed crying and looking at a strawberry. Why? I wanted to eat it so badly, but I felt like such a failure. I proceeded to eat it. Then I was horrified even moreso that I gave in and I wrote “FAT” and “DISGUSTING” and so forth on my belly, and tried to draw lines where my waist would end if I were ‘pretty.’ Then I cried on the floor.
Within the last year I was pretty depressed. I don’t really have a lot of friends, and that can suck. It’s kind of ok most of the time. I was suffering and really struggling with my depression and anxiety though. Anyway, something happened, and it really hit me how I don’t ever get to just go hang around with people, and how I don’t have much of anyone I feel I can talk to, who is a friend, etc. I cried a lot and ended up dumping all of my dresses on the ground. (I have a lot of fun getting dressed and going places, and often I don’t get to, and the nI feel frumpy and yadda yadda)
What I’m trying to say, is there is a wide scope of mental illness. We aren’t all trying to cut our own kneecaps off or whatever. Also, I know if I personally had no choice but to have a child, it would affect me mentally long term in a lot of ways. That’s the only reason I provided those intensely personal anecdotes, and don’t want response on myself and my situation personally really, as that would just stir things up.
Where is the line? Is there one for you?