Do women seeking termination of pregnancy need pre-abortion counselling?
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    "Mandatory counseling" is a misnomer

    Counseling is voluntary by definition. A person being 'counseled' can leave at any time and without any consequences. If 'counseling' is mandatory it becomes in fact a state ordered instruction. Like for example in the case of obligatory military service. We as society should at least have the courage to name things with their correct terminology. And not pretend to 'counsel' women if in fact we force them to listen to an...

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