I think that you're making an oblique statement supporting abortion... I don't believe that it's a good idea to try to argue a political point on an extremely controversial topic on the History board, disguised as a simple historical presentation.
For the record, I considered posting this on the politics board, but it could be objected to there as well, on the grounds of relevance, as in: "What does this have to do with the situation in America today? This should be on the history board." In my judgement, faulty though it may have been, this material is of more interest to history buffs than it would be to the right-to-life OR the right-to-choose crowds, whose opinions tend to be ideological rather than swayed by evidence. AND I was more interested in responses to this material from a historical rather than a political perspective.
I thought some might question the accuracy of these figures, or wonder how they were compiled, which I would like to know myself. I hoped some might delve into speculation as to the motivation of women abandoning their children in defiance of a presumably stronger Church, the most obvious, but not only, explanation being poverty. Also, the near impossibility of divorce in those centuries was, I am sure, a factor in many cases, and as this suggests a very different world from today's, it is pretty clear that -my or anyone else's opinion to the contrary- the data does not lead to an automatic conclusion that abortion is a good or necessary thing.
I had no agenda. I thought it would either lead to further discussion, the nature of which would be up to the posters, or not.
In retrospect, I should perhaps have chosen a less inflammatory title, but I am stunned by the suggestion that either personal opinion or relevance to modern life are considered inappropriate to discussions of history. I would suggest that if you are offended by such, simply DO NOT READ threads that defy your standards, or include buzzwords that may lead to topics you do not wish to discuss any further. That's what I do. Obviously, if everyone agreed with your position, the thread would die off, as many threads have.
I am considering posting a short summary of a Smithsonian
article detailing the treatment of Americans loyal to the crown (Tories) by the Patriots. It will be titled "Historical Precedent for the Patriot Act?" Again, I will be posting it because I found it fascinating, and in the hopes that others might too, and, although it obviously has political implications, in my judgement it is primarily of historical interest. And yes, the title is deliberately provocative. Maybe it will lead to further discussion, maybe it won't.
If it offends you, or you find it inappropriate in a History forum, you may wish to ignore that post as well. Unless, of course, you are determined to rise to the rank of Final Arbiter of the History Boards, grazing undisturbed in a private pasture.