Further to the A question - a sympathetic yet differing opinion - I'm not all the way over the other side of the scale, but I'm slightly to the left, I suppose:
I'll try again. I think Polka's mother said it perfectly. And I think it is with each pregnant woman to decide, to an extent, perhaps not for black and white legislation to rule for her.
I know what it's like to have an untimely pregnancy and wish I wasn't pregnant. I also know what it's like to love my unborn child in a way that I had anticipated but not understood, if that makes sense. Sadly, the love doesn't come at the start, when the pregnancy is a crisis. By necessity, people make their decision before they have time to really understand.
I don't think adoption, while it's good in itself, is an easy go-to answer. I'm not sure I would want to see my daughter carry her child of rape to term, birth it and give it away. That seems like an incredibly hard sentence to bear.
I also think the separation involved in that sort of adoption is an awful thing for a mother and a baby, one which stays with them (disclaimer - of course I now there are fulfilled, loved, happy adopted people out there who are glad they are alive. But there are several bigger pictures here too). But that's just one aspect.
In an ideal world (I'm such an idealist!) people should be able to have their babies, to find support, emotional and financial, and not have to feel they should make this decision. On a popular maternity/parenting website, one woman said that she had become pregnant accidentally and knew in her head that an abortion was the right way to go. Her reasons were all rational, though they included the fact that her mother would be angry with her getting pregnant again so soon - it was so sad, she so clearly wanted her baby. Other posters all talked her round, shared their experiences and she accepted that it was ok to have the baby. No-one could have been happier than I was.
But it's not always that easy. Personally, I would have to argue for quality of life over quantity. The way children are treated all over the world is sickening, and to my mind is much more horrific than the fact that we can disregard human life enough to abort a foetus. It may be an enormous and terrible thing to terminate a life at its beginning, and I agree that it is, but I find it more palatable than child abuse, child labour, children covered in cigarette burns etc etc.
There are many different reasons for abortion, and I think it's a case of walking a mile in another's shoes. I heard of someone who had an abortion a year in college - abortion as contraception sickens me, late abortion is horrific, I wouldn't argue that those are anyones rights. Personally I would choose to have a baby rather than have an abortion, I would rather live with the life changes a child brings than the life-sentence an abortion would be for me. But it's an easy choice for me, it would be supremely selfish not to do so. But that's a middle class, educated stand point. I'm not so sure it's that simple for others.
I think there are a lot of people in the world who might well have been better off not being born. That may be contentious, and I'm not necessarily saying I'm drawing up the list. But that's just how it seems to me.