I am very hesitant to ban topics from discussion in the forum because I like to think that adults are capable of discussing issues without going to war, but I realize that this might be naive on my part. As a secondary consideration, I'd like to believe that those who are unable to discuss a topic without getting angry would simply stay out of it and enjoy the rest of the forum, but that isn't true either. Abortion is an important topic. It is certainly one in which people on both sides have strong feelings, and it is one that is seized upon by politicians as a point of division, particularly in election years. However, in a discussion forum, there are a few things that I can be certain of. One of them is that no one's opinion is going to be changed as a result of a forum fight on the topic. This could possibly occur as the result of a reasonable discussion but that doesn't seem to be a possibility. People do change their minds and positions on abortion but this is rarely, if ever, the result of an argument with someone on the other side of the issue. During abortion discussion, people on both sides of the issue are quickly forced to adopt and defend extreme positions that they aren't entirely comfortable with, and the inability to rationally defend these more extreme positions leads to frustration, and frustration leads to anger. Another thing that I am certain of is that not one unborn baby or unwed mother is going to be saved as a result of a forum fight. What does occur, and probably will occur, is that online friendships will be lost, and people will leave the forum from both sides of the argument, as well as those who are simply tired of the fighting. I don't want to get in the habit of banning every topic that someone might disagree with, but I don't know that this is a topic that can be reasonably discussed here. So, I leave this open for discussion. By that, I mean that this thread is open to the discussion of discussing abortion, not to the discussion of abortion itself.