admisionquestion wrote:While I agree with the the claim that this is a terrible idea--it is only because your story is not particularly compelling...or interesting.
I disagree with the perpetual claim that issues like abortion are to remain taboo in this type of setting. I think the logic is the opposite. 1/2 of the population hates abortion--the other 1/2 half is incredible sympathetic to those smart enough to get an abortion... Strictly speaking--- if you apply to two schools with a 50/50 shot of yes and your admission is dependent on one person--you have a solid shot of wooing one...
A lot less than 50% of the population is personally receptive to elective abortion. The way the polling works is actually pretty stupid because the polls ask themselves to identify themselves as pro-life or pro-choice. When you look at the lower sections of the poll, 75% of people think it should be illegal in all circumstances (25-30%) or illegal in most circumstances (45-50%). The single position that attracts the most support usually something like "abortion should be legal in the case of rape, incest, or danger to the mother, but illegal otherwise."
The two publicly palatable positions are "I support the right to choose but personally find elective abortion morally wrong," and "I oppose abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or danger to the mother."
I'm just saying it is not a 50/50 shot and certain pro-abortion positions are not great even among generally pro-choice people. If I were OP I would talk about women's rights or some other 80%+ portion of the population supporting shit.